October 20, 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mintaro Oba

Mintaro Oba is a contributing analyst to NK Pro. He was worked as a political speechwriter and is a former Korea Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

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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 ObaMintaro ObaFebruary 21, 2019
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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 ObaMintaro ObaFebruary 4, 2019
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The year of the North Korea “moon shot”: 2018 diplomacy in review

The year was marked by both historic summitry and deep frustration

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaDecember 30, 2018
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U.S.-North Korea talks: how to break the impasse with a temporary agreement

It’s increasingly clear that American diplomats should take a fresh approach

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaDecember 26, 2018
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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 ObaMintaro ObaOctober 8, 2018
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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 ObaMintaro ObaOctober 2, 2018
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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 ObaMintaro ObaAugust 24, 2018
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What to expect from a third Moon-Kim summit

Next month's meeting will see both Koreas seek to restore momentum to a faltering diplomatic process

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaAugust 16, 2018
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What comes next? Six upcoming North Korea events to watch out for

From the Asia Games to the UN General Assembly, there's plenty to keep an eye on

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaAugust 3, 2018
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Understanding the North Korea remains recovery issue, post Singapore Summit

Mutual benefits for U.S. and DPRK leaders in securing progress, but hurdles remain

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaJuly 17, 2018