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PODCAST: Making Sense of the Trump-Kim Summit


When I last spoke with my guest today, Kelsey Davenport, the saber rattling between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had reached a fever pitch. North Korea was launching nuclear and missile tests; the United States was undertaking aggressive military drills, with Donald Trump routinely threatening war via Twitter.

Then this meeting in Singapore happened.

Now things look much different, so I invited Kelsey Davenport back on the show to help explain the significance of this meeting and what we may expect next from this diplomatic opening between the United States and North Korea.

Kelsey Davenport is the Director for Non Proliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association and a longtime analyst of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

She does a very good job explaining both what happened in Singapore — beyond the optics.  She also offers some helpful analysis to help us understand how this diplomatic process may shake out in the coming months.

If you have 20 minutes and want to learn what comes next in high stakes diplomacy with North Korea then have a listen.

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