In the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, officials from both countries speak to one another via telephones located in buildings two-hundred feet apart, according to Strauss Distinguished Scholar Jeremi Suri in a recent article for Foreign Policy.
The original nuclear hotline that the United States and the Soviet Union established in 1963 created a model used by India and Pakistan, Soviet Union and other Great Powers, and the Koreas since the early 1970s. Direct communication between countries’ political and military leaders ensures that political posturing is properly interpreted to avoid escalating conflict. Suri puts into perspective the renewed dialogue between North and South Korea, which in 2018 began to use a hotline for communication that they had not spoken through since early 2016.
The entire article is available online here.

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