How fragmented multilateralism is playing into the hands of North Korea
The Kim regime is surviving in the cracks created by great power rivalry and disputes between the U.S. and its allies
North Korea’s warning that the U.S. must change its policy by the end of the year has put pressure on the dialogue process, with indications pointing to a high likelihood of a North Korean policy shift or provocation sometime in the new year.
A coordinated, multilateral response is certainly the best means of averting a crisis and achieving the common goal of peaceful denuclearization, but developments suggest that the regional dynamic has changed to a significant degree, making this cooperation more difficult than before.
In the last two years, inflection points coming from
- 01Wollo-ri: nuclear warhead storage area, manufacturing site, or military academy?
- 02Satellite internet in North Korea: past, present, and future
- 03Six months since border closures, fears of COVID-19 mount in North Korea
- 04North Korea’s July Politburo meeting: what was discussed and why it matters
- 05How Moon’s diplomatic and security reshuffle may impact North Korea
- 06From Voice of America to Voice of Trump? The future of U.S. radio in North Korea
- 07Timeline: from rising inter-Korean tensions to a “suspension” of military plans
- 08North Korea in June 2020: a month in review and what’s ahead