February 19, 2020

Wrapping up 2018: the teetering scale of negotiations with North Korea
Pyongyang ends the year with circumstances tipped firmly in its favor
Pedestrian as it may seem, the metaphor of a scale seems apt in broadly depicting this year’s sequence of U.S.-North Korea interactions. On one end of the scale sits Pyongyang; on the other, Washington. The movable fulcrum, of course, is best personified by South Korea. Throughout the year, we watched this scale of negotiations, diplomacy, and rhetoric slide, teeter, and re-center to find