Before the meeting with Kim, ZDF Mediathek, 11 June 2018

Yale-NUS College Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences (International Relations) Dr Navin Rajagobal was interviewed by the ZDF German Television network on the historic summit between U.S. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. He explained the complexities of diplomacy and protocol for such a high-profile meeting between adversaries, and noted that the summit will be interesting because Trump is not known for adhering to diplomatic protocol and highly scripted events, unlike Kim Jong Un. Trump, for example, has a penchant for unusual handshakes and informality. Dr Rajagobal noted that protocol is not just for optics, but the aim is to create a conducive environment for a successful outcome and follow-up negotiations.

ZDF also carried an earlier article on the huge amount of preparations being done for the historic summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore on 12 June 2018. ZDF noted that Yale-NUS College Director of Academic Affairs and Senior Lecturer of Social Sciences (International Relations) Navin Rajagobal expressed hope that compromises can be made so “that both sides meet at eye level”.

 

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