mandag 1. juli 2019

Mission accomplished? Trump's meeting with Kim is a political win despite long odds of diplomatic success

President Donald Trump orchestrated one of the most audacious photo ops in the annals of American diplomacy by crossing dramatically into North Korea alongside Kim Jong Un. If history is to remember the moment as more than a self-glorifying stunt, the meeting must lead to breakthroughs that Trump's friendship with the brutal dictator is yet to yield. 

Yet even if that progress doesn't quickly emerge, Trump can still chalk up a valuable political win that will underscore how his foreign policy is often directed by his electoral priorities. He can use his singular televised moment to bolster his claims to be a statesman and a peacemaker. And it's not just about winning the Nobel Prize that the President believes he deserves for forging an opening with one of the most despotic regimes in modern history.