I had never heard of zugzwang, but it really describes the North Korea situation

Tyler Cowen, the economist at George Mason, is one of the great public intellectuals in the U.S. today. He’s also a fan of South Korea and Korean food.

In a column last week for Bloomberg, he applied economic game theory to the prospect of a Trump-Kim summit. And he used the word “zugzwang,” a new one to me that comes from chess, to describe the pickle the players now find themselves in. It so fits.

With its framing, the piece is distinctive from many of the first  commentaries that were published shortly after Trump’s March 8 announcement.