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US President Donald J. Trump walked with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12

Korean Central News Agency via Reuters

Analysis & Opinions - Atlantic Council

Beyond the Trump-Kim Summit: A Coalition is Critical for Achieving Denuclearization

| June 16, 2018

In the wake of US President Donald J. Trump’s June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, R. Nicholas Burns, an Atlantic Council board member who served as US undersecretary of state from 2005 to 2008, discussed the tough work that lies ahead and lessons from a not too distant past.

Burns spoke in a phone interview with the New Atlanticist’s Ashish Kumar Sen. Here are excerpts from our interview.

Sailors line up on U.S. navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan as some U.S. flag-shaped balloons are hoisted to welcome them at the U.S. Navy's Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, October 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Magazine Article - Foreign Affairs

The Myth of the Liberal Order

| July/August 2018

Among the debates that have swept the U.S. foreign policy community since the beginning of the Trump administration, alarm about the fate of the liberal international rules-based order has emerged as one of the few fixed points. From the international relations scholar G. John Ikenberry’s claim that “for seven decades the world has been dominated by a western liberal order” to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s call in the final days of the Obama administration to “act urgently to defend the liberal international order,” this banner waves atop most discussions of the United States’ role in the world. 

Justin Trudeau

Women Deliver Conference

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Americans Launch #ThankCanada Campaign After Trump Attacks Trudeau

| June 12, 2018

Canada’s House of Commons adopted an unusual unanimous resolution Monday backing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after he was harshly criticized by President Trump, while Americans lent support to their northern neighbor on Twitter through a special hashtag #ThankCanada.

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - The New York Times

For All His Deals, Trump Has Never Faced an Adversary Like Kim Jong-un

| June 11, 2018

President Trump has imagined himself at the center of high-stakes nuclear negotiations since at least the mid-1980s, when he tried, unsuccessfully, to persuade the Reagan administration that it needed a New York real estate deal maker to lead arms-control talks with the Soviet Union.

President Donald Trump shakes hands as he meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday, June 11, 2018, in Singapore. Trump is scheduled to attend a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - Politico Magazine

A Bettor’s Guide to the Trump-Kim Summit

| June 10, 2018

On Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern—9 a.m. Tuesday morning in Singapore—Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will finally meet face to face. The daily swirl of insults and compliments as these two adversaries circle each other before the summit is dizzying. If this were a heavyweight boxing match, we’d need a bettor’s guide before wagering on the outcome.