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Prof. Julian Ku Assesses Trump-Kim Summit in The Times of India

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

‘North Korea gained the most out of the summit … US has had almost no tangible victories’
Rohit E. David in The Interviews Blog
The Times of India
June 29, 2018


Julian Ku, Senior Associate Dean at Maurice A Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, New York, researches international dispute resolution and international criminal law. He provides an insight into the US-North Korea summit to Rohit E David:

How significant was Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un?

The meeting was accurately described as historic, because it was the first time that leaders from the two countries had ever met face-to-face. Since North Korea and the US have essentially been in a state of suspended armed conflict for almost 70 years, the symbolism and pictures coming out of a summit between the two leaders is probably the most important result of the meeting. It could change the atmosphere in relations between the two countries, and it could potentially move North Korea towards greater openness and engagement with the outside world. It could also reduce the likelihood of an armed conflict in Asia.

On the other hand, the meeting did not yield many specific details on what each side has committed to, and subsequent negotiations are expected to iron out these details. So it is too early to say whether the meeting will have a lasting historical impact.

Read the full article on the Times of India website.