KEDO’s profile on the North Korean landscape was unmistakable, its impact on Pyongyang profound. Yet real knowledge and understanding about the organization in public and official circles in South Korea, Japan, and the United States was terribly thin at the beginning, and remains so to this day. As a result, the lessons learned from KEDO's decade-long experience working with the North Koreans have been largely misunderstood.
It is routine in U.S. foreign policy for a pot not boiling over to be moved to the back burner. Precisely because the North Korean issue is not boiling, however, might offer an all-too-rare chance to make progress with Pyongyang, CISAC's John Lewis and Robert Carlin argue in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
"Those who think that dealing with North Korea is impossible are wrong," CISAC visiting scholar Robert Carlin and CISAC faculty member John Lewis write in the Washington Post. It is possible to negotiate with North Korea, for those who know what the nation wants. And what North Korea most wants is ultimately in U.S. hands--a long-term strategic relationship with the United States.