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Assessing Trump’s North Korea Policy

Daniel Dale, a reporter for the Toronto Star, wrote to Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, to get Lewis’s opinion on Trump’s handling of relations with North Korea. (Lewis has a Twitter account with the handle @ArmsControlWonk; Dale is using the word file as a reference to a project or subject, not a single document.)

Here’s how the exchange went:

2 comments for “Assessing Trump’s North Korea Policy

  1. Joe
    05/24/2018 at 2:43 PM

    Lewis, and other collaborators such as Michael Krepon, write a lively and interesting blog called Arms Control Wonk:
    https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/
    I’ve been following them for years. Well worth reading.

    Trump got chumped on Korea. It’s an article of faith among con-men that the easiest mark is another con-man, because they tend to believe their own bullshit. Trump just confirmed that axiom.

    He had a block of time set aside to receive his Nobel Prize. He had his medal already struck. The up-side of all of this is that three hostages were released, Trump isn’t going to Singapore to berserk around like a rutting Musk Ox, and those medals are going to be very valuable.

    • JOHN ADAMS
      05/24/2018 at 3:44 PM

      Thanks for the link to the blog. I’ve read Lewis’s observations in major publications, but did not know about either the Twitter account until Daniel Dale mentioned it today, and did not know about the collaborative blog you mentioned it (much appreciated).

      Goat rodeo, by the way, is a fine expression.

      About that medal you’ve mentioned, here’s a photo for readers:

      The American-commissioned medal describes Kim Jong-un as “Supreme Leader.”

      Holy Cow, that’s world-class nuttiness (on both sides).