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PacNet #22 – Whither the Six-Party Talks?

It has been nine months since the fourth round of Six-Party Talks concluded with a joint statement of principles.  Unfortunately that statement now appears to be the high-water mark of the six-party process rather than a baseline for future negotiations.  Even if the prospects for near-term movement on the negotiating front appear slim, however, the process may still prove useful as a crisis management tool.