Rice U. expert: Any agreement with North Korea ‘will have to involve people who understand the technical issues’


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Rice U. expert: Any agreement with North Korea ‘will have to involve people who understand the technical issues’

HOUSTON – (June 11, 2018) – Facing a high-stakes challenge to get North Korea to give up nuclear weapons, President Donald Trump plans to speak alone with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their historic summit Tuesday in Singapore, according to news reports.

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Rice University political scientist Ric Stoll is available to discuss the summit and issues at play.

“The issue of North Korea eliminating its nuclear weapons involves a number of complicated issues that only experts can resolve,” Stoll said. “So while President Trump and Kim Jong Un can begin the process of negotiation, any agreement will have to involve people who understand the technical issues.”

Stoll is the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and a scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. His research focuses on forecasting terrorism and the quantitative study of international conflict, for which he uses both statistical analysis and computer simulation. He is quoted regularly by local and national media outlets on issues involving national security and international conflict.

To schedule an interview with Stoll, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at 713-348-6775 or jfalk@rice.edu.

Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7.


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Richard Stoll bio: https://politicalscience.rice.edu/richard-stoll

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.