Monday’s historic meeting between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was a big gamble for Trump, said political science professor Costas Panagopoulos. “If the deal falls apart and Trump feels betrayed by the North Koreans, he might be more inclined to react in a very hostile and exaggerated way,” he said.
The Trump administration last week imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea. Will they be effective? We asked associate professor of economics Jun Ma to explain how sanctions work and what they could mean for North Korea and the global economy. He says these measures aren’t too common nowadays, given the trend toward a more globalized economy.
Last week, the Constitutional Court of South Korea removed President Park Geun-hye from office on charges of corruption and abuse of power. Her ouster could have a deep impact on the delicate relationship among the U.S., South Korea, North Korea, and China, said Suzanne Ogden, East Asia specialist and professor emeritus in the of Department of Political Science.