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Where Does Trump Stand on South Korea?

Authors Abigail Bard and Blaine Johnson discuss why President Trump's inconsistent support for the South Korean government risks undermining diplomatic options on the Korean Peninsula.

Authors

  • Abigail Bard
  • Blaine Johnson

Earlier this week, for the first time in two years, North and South Korea held official high-level government talks. This diplomatic engagement could be a great opportunity—for leaders of both capitals, for their citizens who are worried about becoming collateral damage in the event of conflict, and for the stability of the whole region. However, U.S. president Donald Trump could easily blow up this chance with his provocative statements and inconsistent support for the South Korean government.

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Authors

Abigail Bard

Policy Analyst, Asia

Blaine Johnson

Policy Analyst, China and Asia Policy