Why mutually assured destruction won’t stop North Korea



Sign up for the THINK newsletterYou have been successfully added to our newsletter.Get fresh opinions, sharp analyses and powerful essays delivered to your inbox.thinkWhy mutually assured destruction won’t stop North KoreaThe 2018 Winter Olympics kicks off in PyeonChang tonight amid a backdrop of nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula. President Donald Trump has embraced a big-stick approach to North Korean relations, notably tweeting that his “Nuclear button” is “bigger & more powerful” than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It is classical deterrence theory distilled to 280 characters: that the promise of nuclear retaliation will deter other states from launching their own nuclear attack. But is it the right strategy? In a THINK op-ed, David Barash weighs in.ThinkWhy mutually assured destruction won’t stop North KoreaWhy it matters that adults play teens on TVWhy Americans can’t separate politics from footballKids as young as three show racial bias. Now, an app can reduce it.French Montana: This is what an immigrant looks likeLocal news doesn’t have a profit problem, corporations doBest of THINKPlay AllBest of THINKthinkthinkthinkthinkthinkthinkMORE FROM think