September 26, 2020

Why US-North Korea summits may become a relic of the past

If Trump doesn't get reelected, there's a good chance history will see summits as a waste of time for years to come

North Korea and the U.S. have both dropped hints about a third summit. Some have called another summit a potential “October surprise,” meaning the Trump administration would simply produce a deal that paints his administration in a positive light ahead of the November vote.

But, in reality, the odds of a game-changing summit and deal between the two leaders are slim. In fact, whatever is produced is likely to underwhelm U.S. voters, who have historically not cared about foreign policy issues during major elections and who are more concerned with staying alive and employed in the face of COVID-19.