Despite all the false starts and posturing, the leaders of the US and both Koreas all have reasons to overcome obstacles to engagement.
Korea’s leaders have headed off war — for now — and may have set the stage for US regional influence to grow at China’s expense.
North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is a response to US military threats that have escalated since the end of the Cold War.
Recent US conflict with North Korea takes place in new context. China’s rise — and the relative decline of the US — have put all the relationships in East Asia in flux. (2013)
Obama tightened the screws on North Korea. But the US has really kept the North under economic siege since the early 1950s.
The North-South border in Korea is the most militarized in the world. The media usually get things backwards when they try to explain how it got that way.