Maverick is a word often associated with J. Craig Venter. The scientist who last month claimed to have created ‘artificial life in the lab’ is a high school dropout but is possibly the richest scientist in the world. The Vietnam War veteran, who tried to commit suicide when he was barely 21, returned home in the United States of America to blaze through University and was soon hailed as a brilliant biologist.
A little over a year ago, U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s third meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was making headlines as much for its historic nature—it was the first time that a sitting U.S. president had set foot in North Korea—as for what it represented about the lack of progress in U.S.-North Korea relations. The next U.S. administration, whether it is led by Trump or former Vice President Joseph Biden, will face a more emboldened regime in Pyongyang and, according to experts, must rethink past failed strategies for dealing with this challenge.