On June 12, Donald Trump and Kim Jung-un will sit down for a historic summit at Sentosa Island in Singapore. The summit follows a year of rapid change on the Korean Peninsula, as North Korea accelerated the development of its nuclear weapons program. Just days before the summit, Paul Haenle sat down with Ambassador Chris Hill, the Chief Negotiator for the Six Party Talks during the Bush Administration, to analyze the objectives of the United States, North Korea, China, South Korea, and other regional players heading into the summit, providing insights into the potential successes and pitfalls of the meeting.
Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy based at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Haenle’s research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and U.S.-China relations.
Christopher Hill is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as U.S. ambassador to South Korea from 2004 to 2005 and assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009.