The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this past month in Singapore signaled a significant shift toward peace. This stood in stark contrast to the situation in April 2017 when I wondered whether the rapidly deescalating situation would lead to violence. I proposed a path to peace. With former NBA star Dennis Rodman as perhaps the only mutual friend of Trump and Kim, the latter acquaintance made through Basketball Diplomacy, Rodman stood in a unique position to bring the two leaders together. His efforts, in one way or another, made the Singapore summit a reality. Where their predecessors failed, Trump and Kim realized the potential for peace through the portal Rodman opened.
In recent months, as tensions between the United States and North Korea escalate toward violence, conventional methods for maintaining peace seem limited. Bellicosity and irrationality dominate each side, rendering traditional diplomatic outreach fruitless. In the current climate, unconventional approaches, with a focus on interpersonal relationships, could be most conducive to peace. One such option involves a certain defensive expert. He holds the distinction as (perhaps) the sole mutual friend of President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Of course, I am referring to the Worm, Dennis Rodman, the one man standing between war and peace. Continue Reading
In this early part of 2014, a frontrunner has already emerged for the Nobel Peace Prize. Basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman has put together an all-star team of American NBA talent from the 1990s to compete against the national team of North Korea. The game, set to take place in Pyongyang on January 8, the 31st birthday of Dear Leader Kim Jong-un, will mark a significant diplomatic achievement between the two nations, at odds since the conclusion of the Korean War.