Engaging with Kim to establish a working relationship that can greatly reduce the risks of a catastrophic war is a big deal.
Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; adjunct professor, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, and editor-in-chief of Global Governance from Jan. 1, 2013. He began writing for The Japan Times in 1998 as Vice Rector of the United Nations University.
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Despite the low odds of success for the second Trump-Kim summit, there is no alternative to diplomacy in the search for peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and reduce forces in Afghanistan has exposed the hollowness of arguments in favor of endless intervention.
U.S. President Donald Trump's disdain for international institutions and rules established him as the disrupter in chief of the global nuclear order.
Western interference has worsened the pathology of broken, corrupt and dysfunctional politics from Afghanistan to North Africa.
There hasn't been a more exciting time to be a critic of the 'greed is good' philosophy of the corporate sector led by self-centric rock-star CEOs.
The Cold War metaphor is structurally flawed and carries the operational danger of heightening tensions and provoking a very hot war.
Moon's dogged optimism and Trump's unconventional diplomacy might be just the synergetic mix required to shake things up.
Serena Williams was the perpetrator, not the victim, of unprovoked abuse in last Saturday's U.S. Open final against Naomi Osaka.
Geopolitical tensions have spiked across the world. No arms control negotiations are currently under way to reduce global nuclear stockpiles.