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Yes, Trump and Kim Can Make a Deal That's Good for Everyone

| Apr. 25, 2018

If both sides agree on the answers to these three questions, a successful summit just might be possible.

What's going to happen when U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un finally get together? I don't know, and neither does anyone else. My colleague Graham Allison thinks there’s a limited but mutually beneficial agreement to be had; other analysts are decidedly more pessimistic. The uncertainty surrounding the whole business is hardly surprising, given the two leaders involved and the improvised nature of the entire process. Normally you'd expect the two sides to have worked out the outlines of the agreement before the two heads of state sat down together, but that's unlikely to be the case this time — which means almost anything could happen....

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For Academic Citation: Walt, Stephen M.“Yes, Trump and Kim Can Make a Deal That's Good for Everyone.” Foreign Policy, April 25, 2018.

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Stephen Walt