“Ban Ki-moon represents experience, public service, and gravitas to many Koreans who see politicians as simply self-serving. The fact that Ban has so much international experience is seen as positive by those Koreans who want to further globalize Korea and make it a stronger international player. Ban’s lack of experience in domestic governance could be a minus for him. But because he does not have a domestic track record people can look at, it’s hard to criticize him.”
I think the next [U.S.] administration will conclude that the path to Pyongyang—assuming there can be one—still goes through Beijing.
Ultimately, in a world of seven billion people, there's a lot to unpack [with the SDGs]. These common collective processes are hard and come with no guarantees. But, the question is: 'What's the alternative?' And, very often, there isn't a better one.