June 03, 2020


Mintaro Oba

Mintaro Oba is a speechwriter at West Wing Writers and a former Korea Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State.


Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: getting ready for instability in North Korea

Plans don't always go to plan, and flexibility is needed to deal with a variety of potential scenarios in the DPRK

Mintaro Oba May 22, 2020

How the United States can get the upper hand in talks with North Korea

Washington must be realistic about what it hopes to achieve in the short-term

Mintaro Oba August 20, 2019

U.S.-North Korea diplomacy: how to move beyond missed opportunities

The rhetorical gap between Trump and his advisors has stymied talks for months — that needs to change

Mintaro Oba June 17, 2019

What to expect at Thursday’s U.S.-South Korea summit in Washington DC

President Moon has a critical opportunity to restore momentum to a stalling diplomatic process

Mintaro Oba April 11, 2019

Preparing for the Kim-Trump summit: early signs of a maturing process

U.S. diplomats appear to be fleshing out a more effective strategy — with more realistic goals

Mintaro Oba February 21, 2019

Biegun at Stanford: baby steps forward on U.S. North Korea policy

The Special Representative's speech offered important clarity on a range of administration objectives

Mintaro Oba February 4, 2019

The year of the North Korea “moon shot”: 2018 diplomacy in review

The year was marked by both historic summitry and deep frustration

Mintaro Oba December 30, 2018

Pompeo’s trip to North Korea: a shifting U.S. approach?

Sunday's talks moved the ball forward significantly - but also exposed some key American weaknesses

Mintaro Oba October 8, 2018

North Korea at the UN General Assembly: making sense of diplomatic whiplash

Events at the UNGA have provided a burst of energy to U.S.-DPRK diplomacy

Mintaro Oba October 2, 2018

Six ways Stephen Biegun could make an impact as special representative

The new top U.S. diplomat on North Korea stands to inherit a flexible brief

Mintaro Oba August 24, 2018