December 05, 2022

“Peace for our time” may be premature: potential N. Korea-U.S. summit pitfalls

While talk is far preferable to conflict, it is too early to start uncorking the champagne bottles

Press euphoria over the upcoming Singapore summit (a good choice of the locale as a city-state with a reputation as an honest broker) has led to proclamations that, after over sixty years of barely restrained hostility, peace may finally break out in short order on the Korean peninsula.

However, a word of caution is needed: past summits with dictators with hidden agendas have not always gone well. President Trump, in his summit announcement tweet stating that “we will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace” might wish to recall the promise of former UK Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain that the Munich summit with one Adolf Hitler would bring “peace for our time.”