North Korea in Transition: Turning Point, Break Point, or Missed Opportunity?

North Korea in Transition: Turning Point, Break Point, or Missed Opportunity?

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The world focus has once again shifted to what will become of U.S.-North Korean relations, in light of the upcoming summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un set to occur on February 27th in Hanoi, Vietnam. On our newest episode of The World Affairs Report, host Anna Harrison is joined by Scott A. Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, to discuss the current state of American relations with North Korea, explaining his hopes for the forthcoming meeting. He also touches on popular misconceptions involving the state of North Korea, which major powers have interests in the Korean Peninsula, and what a lasting peace with North Korea would entail.

About Our Guest
Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Before joining CFR, Mr. Snyder received his undergraduate degree from Rice University and master degree from the regional studies East Asia program at Harvard University. He was also a Thomas G. Watson fellow at Yonsei University in South Korea. Mr. Snyder was a senior associate in the international relations program of the Asia Foundation, where he founded and directed the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and served as the Asia Foundation’s representative in Korea, from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Snyder has worked as an Asia specialist in the research and studies program of the U.S. Institute of Peace and as acting director of Asia Society’s contemporary affairs program. He is the author of South Korea at the Crossroad: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers as well as coauthor of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States with Brad Glosserman.

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Additional Resources

Scott A. Snyder’s newest book. 

Council on Foreign Relations – North Korea.