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Social Science and Public Policy

Can Unofficial “Track Two” Dialogues Spur Official Diplomacy with North Korea?

April 1, 2022 at 12:00pm1:30pm

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After the chills and thrills of the Trump era, the future of diplomatic engagement with North Korea is uncertain. While the Biden administration returns to a more traditional diplomatic approach, tensions continue to rise on the Korean Peninsula. Whether or not official US-DPRK talks (“Track One” diplomacy) can resume in this political climate is unclear. However, in the past, when official engagement was lacking, active diplomatic engagement at the Track Two or non-governmental level helped facilitate dialogue about the future of US-DPRK relations. Now that North Korea is preparing to ease its self-imposed, pandemic-related isolation, can Track Two engagement play a role in mitigating the disastrous, high profile diplomatic failures of 2018-19? Getting back into the Track Two ‘groove’ will require new thinking about how to go about relationship-building with North Korea. This program will explore ways to make an effective transition from purely coercive to cooperative engagement by re-imagining Track Two diplomacy.


Siegfried S. Hecker
Stanford University

Jenny Town
Stimson Center

Frank Aum
U.S. Institute of Peace


George Kallander
Syracuse University

Co-sponsored by:

The Androcles Project 

Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)

This event was first published on March 28, 2022 and last updated on January 19, 2023.

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