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What History Tells about the Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi

| Feb. 25, 2019

On February 27, 2019, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold their second summit in Hanoi. Their meeting represents the best chance in over two decades to resolve outstanding issues between North Korea and the United States. Historically speaking, there are real differences from past negotiations, which could lead to a positive outcome. But even as Trump seems open to seizing the moment, his personal role also increases the likelihood that America will witness yet another failure.

Past negotiations have been plagued by slow implementation, often caused by leadership turnover in Washington, Seoul, and Pyongyang, and by U.S. congressional opposition....

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For Academic Citation: Behringer, Paul.“What History Tells about the Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi.” The National Interest, February 25, 2019.