Victor Cha spoke with CSIS about the upcoming summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The podcast explores concessions already made by Trump and the strange nature of the summit.
Professors Victor Cha and Robert Gallucci weighed in on the ongoing North Korea denuclearization news for NPR. According to Gallucci, the Trump administration’s call for “irreversible” denuclearization may be setting a lofty goal that is physically implausible to achieve.
Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, went on NPR to discuss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean officials. “It would be fairly bizarre to have these two gentlemen meet in New York and have what’s going on in both Singapore and at Panmunjom all happening at the same time without a pretty clear commitment to go ahead with the [summit],” explained Gallucci.
“This would take months if not years of negotiations to be confident for the president to walk into a meeting and say yeah, the North Koreans are going to do what we want them to do,” said Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs. Cha mentioned that the postponement of the North Korea nuclear summit gives the U.S. more time to prepare.
SFS Professor Angela Stent argues that the U.S. can expect a tit-for-tat from Moscow in response to Washington’s expulsion of Russian diplomats. Dr. Stent adds that the West has sent a strong message of solidarity through the expulsions, but she does not expect them to have a long-lasting impact on relations with Russia.
While Putin’s re-election as Russia’s president was “a foregone conclusion”, it does demonstrate that he remains very popular with his people, argues SFS Professor Nancy McEldowney. She expects the re-election to have “troubling implications” for the US, as Putin will feel even more emboldened to continue “flexing his muscles”.
After a decade of documenting little-known crimes against Jews in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia, SFS Professor Father Patrick Desbois is now doing the same with the methods, timing, and tactics of crimes committed against Jews by ISIS. If you fail to expose such crimes, “you give cart blanche to the mass murderers of tomorrow”, argues Father Desbois.
On NPR’s All Things Considered, Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, spoke about North Korea’s invitation to President Trump to meet, drawing from his own experience of negotiating with North Korea.
Last week, Poland’s president signed a law that would punish anyone who suggests Poland was complicit in the Holocaust. Professor Anna Sommer Schneider, who gives tours of Auschwitz, discusses the law and its implications with NPR.
“He agreed to a draconian one-third cut to our budget, he implemented a hiring freeze with an indefinite duration, he refused to allow people to transfer from one job to another,” Ambassador Nancy McEldowney told the BBC. “He cut himself off from the people and the normal processes of the department.”
“At the expert level, there’s something of a bipartisan and international consensus that we do need to fix the [Iran] deal in the next couple of years,” Professor Matthew Kroenig said. “If these limits just expire we’re in real trouble and Iran will have a rapid path towards nuclear weapons capability.”
In a discussion hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Maxwell Hamilton (SFS ’04), visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, analyzed how the current crisis with the Rohingya Muslim minority is affecting Myanmar’s transition to a liberal democracy.