While both leaders have managed to extract benefits from the impasse thus far, it is Kim who stands to gain the most in the months ahead
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The Syria departure may be even more damaging than past U.S. premature declarations of victory because Trump has no idea what he is doing.
Chinese trade practices and territorial ambitions must be addressed at the international level, but Trump is botching the job
After his summit with Kim, Trump announced an end to the nuclear threat. Since then, U.S. diplomacy hasn't yielded any tangible results other than planning another summit.
After decades of thoughtless military interventionism, it is little wonder that so many Americans support Trump's "America First" policy.
Whether Trump's values-free approach works depends on the diplomacy that follows.
Before U.S. President Donald Trump starts celebrating the apparent diplomatic rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula, he should consider the challenges that lie ahead.
A dangerous world could become more dangerous still.
The complexity of the Syria situation has far surpassed the world's ability to master it.
South Korea's president has both neutralized the threat of North Korean disruption to the Olympic Games and kept a thin-skinned U.S. president firmly on his side.