Podcasts: How US is Stumbling Into a Trump-Kim Meeting

South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong announces agreement for a meeting between Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-Un, March 8 (Michael Reynolds/EPA)

I spoke with BBC outlets on Friday about the sudden announcement of a meeting between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, cutting through the headlines and PR to offer a dose of caution and the story of a far-from-coherent development.

The chats give the important story of how Trump, out of ego, shortcut talks to agree to the face-to-face encounter. Then it explains why this, surprising White House staff, may leave the US in a tricky position as it faces both Koreas and China who have all thought through their next steps.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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