CGA Clinical Assistant Professor Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu Dissects the Tense Situation in North Korea with Axios and Libération

Professor Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu

As tensions between North Korea and the United States continue to rise, numerous media outlets have called upon Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, visiting clinical assistant professor at the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs, to give his analysis on the evolving situation. Prior to media reports surfacing of North Korea backing down from its threat to bomb Guam, Professor Sidhu accurately predicted to Axios that he didn't expect North Korea to follow through on Guam because North Koreans are the "masters of evoking threats. They are trying to match Trump word for word."

In his interview with the French newspaper, Libération, Sidhu suggested that an option for President Trump to consider would be to turn to China since “it alone can have a real influence on North Korea.” However, he also commented that if China implemented the sanctions adopted by the UN, the North Korean nuclear program would most likely only slow down.

In another interview, Sidhu discussed the importance of BRICs with Xinhua News Agency. He said that the BRICs countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—can come into a “second blossoming.” Sidhu made the comments ahead of the ninth annual BRICS summit that will take place from September 3 to September 5 in Xiamen, China. More of his interview can be found at this link and at this link.

Sidhu has more than 25 years of experience in research, research management, and policy innovation related to international security issues and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Previously, a nonresident senior fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, he conducted research on the strategic efforts between China, India, and Pakistan and the United States to explore possible norms and regional institutions that might contribute to strategic stability. His prior experience includes serving as a senior fellow at the NYU Center on International Cooperation, vice president of programs at the EastWest Institute, and director of the New Issues in Security program at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.