October 27, 2021

Why, if diplomacy with North Korea is to succeed, John Bolton must go

At every turn, Trump's hardline National Security Advisor has served to undermine the U.S. position

For almost as long as John Bolton has been in official foreign policy roles, smart diplomats have been trying to outmaneuver him.

In the run-up to the Gulf War, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Thomas Pickering worked overtime to keep the bulk of the diplomatic action in New York – in part to outmaneuver Bolton, who was then in his first State Department role as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs.