Hosting a Trump-Kim summit: The Singapore experience

Singapore case offers key lessons for Hanoi in dealing with security issues, diplomatic protocol and huge media influx.

Published by Al Jazeera English, Feb. 21, 2019

By Tom Benner

Singapore – At first it was on, then off, and then on again – in the end, Singapore had just two weeks to get everything ready for the much-anticipated, first encounter between a sitting US president and North Korean leader.

That such a strategically complex and delicate event came off as seemingly flawless – despite the short lead – offers lessons to Vietnam’s Hanoi, the site of the second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on February 27-28.

“Vietnam has a slightly easier job in that the US and North Korean governments have a template of sorts, a playbook, from the Singapore summit last June,” Eugene Tan, associate professor of law at the Singapore Management University, told Al Jazeera.

“Singapore certainly has been consulted by Vietnam, and Singapore will provide as much input as requested. It’s more about ironing the kinks from the first summit and should be easier the second time around.” Continue reading …

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