North Korea

North Korea faces immense challenges in feeding its population while maintaining great ambivalence about economic reform and relaxing its defensive posture vis--vis its neighbors and most of the rest of the world. For the United States, containing North Korea's nuclear weapons program while encouraging any opening to the outside world that may reasonably be possible is a significant policy challenge. In this case, US willingness to cooperate with regional and other countries and to work toward multilateral and nonmilitary solutions is a hopeful sign.

The Stanley Foundation hopes to develop programs that will lead to the search for common ground with North Korea, while promoting mutual and equal dialogue, expanded contacts, and improved communications and information-sharing toward the goal of a normalized political and economic relationship.