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ICYMI: Bush Institute Fellow Victor Cha Writes on North Korea in Washington Post

July 7, 2017 by Brittney Bain

Bush Institute Fellow Victor Cha, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and now senior adviser and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., writes this week in a joint op-ed for The Washington Post on North Korea and the crucial role China plays in diplomacy.

“It’s not enough to ask China to pressure Pyongyang to set up a U.S.-North Korea negotiation. China has to be a central part of the negotiation, too. China, rather than the United States, should be paying for North Korea to halt and roll back its nuclear and missile programs,” write Dr. Cha and Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and Director of Policy Planning in the Obama administration.

The piece makes the case for China as a key part of negotiation strategy and critiques previous attempts at diplomacy by offering suggestions for a new approach.

“…this idea is no silver bullet…But North Korea is the land of lousy options. We should be looking for a strategy that gives us not only a better chance of success but also some advantages if it fails,” they conclude.

For more on how to address the challenges posed by North Korea, see the Bush Institute’s paper, Toward a New Policy for North Korea.  

Read the full piece - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-right-way-to-play-the-china-card-on-north-korea/2017/07/05/6d223aa0-6187-11e7-a4f7-af34fc1d9d39_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.f6dd461b20c4


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Brittney Bain
Brittney Bain

Brittney Bain serves as the Director of Communications for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Prior to joining the Bush Center, she worked on Capitol Hill where she served most recently as deputy press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.  Bain interned in the White House Office of Communications during the George W. Bush Administration.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her master’s degree from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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