Stephan Haggard and Mira-Rapp Hooper on the Summit
The Singapore summit was a test of President Trump's unpredictable and transactional approach to international negotiations. Just after the declaration dropped, Ben Wittes at Lawfare interviewed Stephan Haggard and Mira Rapp-Hooper, a senior fellow at Yale's Paul Tsai China Center, on the outcome. We talked about the substance of the summit, how it impacts the US security alliances in the Asia Pacific, and what might come next for the US–North Korea relationship. The conclusion: While it is better to talk to the North Koreans than not, the substantive outcome was meager and Kim Jong Un walked away a clear winner. Everything now hinges on a diplomatic process, the shape of which remains unclear as sanctions threaten to unravel.