29 December 2020
New APLN Policy Brief: Negotiated Settlement through Sanctions Relief – Options for the Korean Peninsula
Dear Network members and colleagues,
We would like to share with you the APLN Policy Brief No. 75, Negotiated Settlement through Sanctions Relief: Options for the Korean Peninsula by Thomas Biersteker, Gasteyger Professor of International Security at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and David Lanz, Co-Head Mediation at Swisspeace and Lecturer at the University of Basel.
In the latest brief, the authors argue that North Korea and the US are trapped in maximalist demands. Neither diplomacy nor the “maximum pressure” approach to sanctions have been successful in preventing DPRK from acquiring nuclear weapons.
They make the case that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula requires a negotiated settlement and propose concrete suggestions for a middle-of-the-road approach. Measures include:
- Building trust between the US and DPRK through an incremental negotiation strategy where the parties negotiate several agreements, each building on the last until they reach a final settlement satisfying their core interests in the area of disarmament, security guarantees, political normalization, and economic cooperation.
- Apply sanctions relief to each stage of settlement negotiations to advance interests of all parties through a final agreement and implementation.
We hope you find this latest APLN policy brief useful and informative. If you have comments or feedback please do get in touch by emailing email@example.com.
With warm regards,
The APLN Secretariat