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Could Playing Chicken With North Korea Pay Off?

| Apr. 24, 2017

North Korea has been the focus of global attention and anxiety over the past few weeks. The country’s nuclear and missile capabilities, and increasingly strong statements from U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, have raised global concerns about the possibility of open war on the Korea Peninsula. While people are right to be worried, the seeds of a diplomatic solution could be forming — if the Trump administration is thoughtful and disciplined enough to seize the opportunity, and if the White House’s bluster is in fact calculated. Big ifs, to be sure, but the threat of military force may motivate both China and North Korea to consider deals in a way they have not been willing to up until now.

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For Academic Citation: Wolfsthal, Jon.“Could Playing Chicken With North Korea Pay Off?.” Foreign Policy, April 24, 2017.

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