"North Korea's nuclear facilities cannot be closed with a handshake," CNN Opinion, 28 June 2018
"Trump may think that the summit in Singapore prevented a war, but that is only true in the sense that it stopped him from starting one. That said, the summit does not need to be futile -- it could also be the start of a genuine and serious set of arms control and limitation negotiations. These negotiations would require patience and skill without an obvious or immediate photo-op or half-clever tweet. But since Trump is neither known for his patience nor his restraint on social media, we can expect North Korean nuclear research and facilities upgrades to continue apace."
"Kim Jong Un's cunning strategy could lead the world down a dangerous path," CNN Opinion, 28 March 2018
"What Kim means by 'denuclearization on the peninsula' is unlikely to mean the unilateral disarmament of North Korea, to which Kim will probably never agree. Kim went on to say: 'The issue of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace.' This statement could easily mean that Kim interprets 'denuclearization on the peninsula' as the withdrawal of the US nuclear umbrella and perhaps the withdrawal of American forces as well."
"The cows come home to qatar," World Policy Journal, 27 March 2018
"Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is currently in the United States, and the American media is aglow with profiles of the young and supposedly liberal Saudi ruler. He has been lauded for allowing women to drive, attend sporting events, and work in the military—with the permission of their male guardian, of course.... But while MBS’ domestic social reforms are winning plaudits abroad, his economic and foreign policies can generously be described as problematic. His country’s U.S.-backed war in Yemen is becoming a quagmire; he has imprisoned, tortured, and expropriated the wealth of Saudis unsupportive of his claim to the throne (whose names may have been provided to him by American Crown Prince Jared Kushner); and he has fallen flat in his blockade of neighboring Qatar."
"What should Kim trust more: his nuclear weapons or Trump?," CNN Opinion, 6 March 2018
"North Korea has a history of breaking its agreements, and there is little reason to trust that Pyongyang would end its nuclear weapons program, let alone eliminate the weapons it currently possesses. But that does not mean Seoul (and the US) shouldn't negotiate. President Moon and his team are not naive. They understand it is unlikely that Kim will give up his nuclear weapons, and while they value the US alliance, they also share a common interest with the North -- the prevention of a US attack."