An inability on the part of the U.S. to adapt its negotiation strategy with North Korea will lead to a repeat of what we saw in Hanoi.
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Last week's SCC meeting and joint statement put the allies on the right track, though not without a few noticeable speed bumps.
Japan is upgrading its military presence in the East China Sea in response to China's active challenging of Japanese sovereignty.
RAA negotiations are an epoch-making template for Japan's security relationships.
Look for Kim to play the Russia card to ratchet up pressure on U.S. and South Korea.
Trump's posture toward allies hosting U.S. forces could damage crucial relationships.
By walking away at the Hanoi summit, both the U.S. and North Korea now have an opportunity to reconvene talks at the working level and allow for greater creativity in reaching long-term, sustainable solutions that summit diplomacy was unlikely to achieve.