Context: “On the heels of a meeting between North and South Korea in which Kim Jong-un reportedly put denuclearization on the table,
"We believe the best way to proceed would be to first hold bilateral 'talks about talks' without preconditions." Track-2 Diplomacy does not use carrots and sticks, focuses on problem-solving, changes the perceptions on both sides and paves the way for official negotiations.
Inside this issue, we analyze research on the negligent dismissal of environmental and health considerations during the world’s race to develop nuclear weapons. The second analysis examines how the perceived legitimacy, power, and language of certain people can influence thinking and policy on nuclear disarmament efforts. The third analysis examines how gender and Western domination of knowledge shape nuclear discourse. In the fourth analysis, we highlight the importance of devaluing nuclear weapons not only as material, but as social objects. Finally, we examine empirical research that considers U.S. proximity and power as the main contributor to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.
The U.S.'s overwhelming military capabilities and presence on the Korean Peninsula are primary motivators for North Korea’s nuclear program.
Religious civil society leaders with access to top political leadership and grassroots constituents, contributed to the Korean peace process in the 1990s.