Media Call on President Trump and Kim Jong-Un Summit in Vietnam

The RAND Corporation will hold a media conference call on Tuesday, Feb. 26, to discuss with media the upcoming summit with President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-Un scheduled in Vietnam on February 27-28.

RAND experts will address the following issues:

  • How serious is the North Korean nuclear weapon threat?
  • Has North Korea been denuclearizing as Chairman Kim has promised?
  • What outcomes can we expect from the Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam?
  • What do Trump and Kim each hope to achieve at the summit?
  • Will the United States and North Korea agree on a timeline and expectations for denuclearization of North Korea?
  • Is a peace agreement an appropriate outcome of this summit meeting?
  • Are economic sanctions really the answer to dealing with North Korea?


Conference call for foreign policy, national security and defense reporters


7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019


Bruce Bennett is a RAND senior international/defense researcher specializing in Northeast Asian security issues. His research has addressed issues such as options for deterrence and defeat of North Korean nuclear weapons, future South Korean military force requirements, the Korean military balance, counters to North Korean chemical and biological weapon threats in Korea and Japan, Korean unification and potential Chinese intervention in Korean contingencies.

Andrew Scobell is a RAND senior political scientist. His research focuses on China with special attention to China's policy toward the Korean Peninsula and China's relationships with North and South Korea.

Naoko Aoki is a Stanton Nuclear Fellow at RAND. Her research interests include security issues in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on North Korea, nuclear security policy, security cooperation and the impact of domestic politics on international security policy.

Michael Mazarr is a RAND senior political scientist. His primary interests are U.S. defense policy and force structure, East Asian security, nuclear weapons and deterrence and judgment and decision-making under uncertainty.


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