Kim Jong-Un

Louis Rene Beres

While President Trump intends to bolster US power through enhanced weapons systems and a rededication to belligerent nationalist foreign policies, authentic national security will require new emphases on intellect, or “mind.” This means focusing on new ways of thinking about world politics, especially much-needed escape plans from lethal cycles of competitive geopolitics. Washington must slow its still-growing inclination toward renewed arms racing and to other kinds of military escalation and shift its policy emphases to the greater utilities of intellect.


An American success vis-à-vis North Korea will weaken Iran’s bargaining position, which in turn will affect Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. There is a difference between a plan presented by an inarticulate and rejected US president and a peace plan presented by a president who has scored significant achievements in the international arena.