Tensions on the Korean Peninsula: Plus ça change?
Despite current anxieties, lessons from past tensions offer hope
The horrifying prospect of war again befalls the Korean peninsula. But perhaps we ought to remember that tensions have been far higher in the past, and that each time a path for de-escalation was eventually found.
Current levels of tension
The current phase of rising tensions arguably started at the beginning of the year, when President Donald Trump tweeted “[i]t won’t happen!” on 2 January as a response to Chairman Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s claim that the DPRK had “entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an
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