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"Wake" with Luke Vargas

Wake with Luke Vargas is an hour-long weekly radio broadcast that explores how overseas developments affect the United States. 

Launched in 2017 by Luke Vargas, TMN's chief foreign correspondent, Wake aims to introduce American news audiences to pressing global developments likely to impact domestic policy, but which may not dominate the cable news cycle.

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Jun 11, 2018

For months, President Trump built up expectations that North Korea’s nuclear program could be quickly negotiated away in historic talks with Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

But expectations have since shifted to talk of an agreement to end the Korean war, and instead of asking for sanctions relief, North Korea says it wants security guarantees from the U.S.

This week on Wake, we’ll try to cover as many angles of the Singapore talks as we can, from the evolving demands of the U.S. and North Korea, to the particular desires of China, South Korea and Japan looming just offstage.

Helping us do that are this week's guests:

  • Joe Cirincione, president, Ploughshares Fund
  • Naoko Aoki, research associate, Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM)
  • Sharon Squassoni, research professor, Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs

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Taped: June 7, 2018

Hosted by Luke Vargas.