Special Forum

The first handshake between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in front of a backdrop of the American and North Korean flags was surreal in many ways. Just a few months before the two leaders had been exchanging insults and threatening nuclear war, to then rush toward a summit that was cancelled at one point and rescheduled just days later. The Trump-Kim summit that took place on June 12, 2018 in Singapore may be remembered in history not just as a historic event for the United States and North Korea’s bilateral relationship, but as a consequential moment for a shifting geopolitical landscape in Northeast Asia.

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