All negotiations involve blending a dispassionate assessment of the issue as it stands and an appreciation of how the issue acquired its current characteristics. The art form lies in mixing and deploying the blend. The push toward a fairy tale US-DPRK June summit seemed skewed toward the present circumstances but, for the moment, has become just another episode in the rich tapestry of this relentless drama. What now? What was being discounted? Does this tell us that a durable solution requires more of the history to be addressed and resolved along the way?
About the Speaker
Ron Huisken joined the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, ANU, in 2001 where he focused, in particular, on US and Chinese security policies , multilateral security processes in East Asia, and arms control. Dr Huisken spent nearly 20 years in government with the departments of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Defence, and Prime Minister & Cabinet. Prior to government, he worked with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the University of Malaya, and the United Nations secretariat in New York. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Western Australia and the Royal Stockholm University, and a PhD in international relations from the ANU.