The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States – A Speculative Novel

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Date of Publication: August 2018

Year of Publication: 2018

Publisher: Mariner Books

Author(s): Jeffrey Lewis PhD

Pages: 304

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The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States  A Speculative Novel

On-sale: August 07, 2018


THE 2020 COMMISSION REPORT ON THE NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES by Jeffrey Lewis explores the story of what could happen if US efforts to engage with North Korea fail:  a devastating nuclear attack against the United States by North Korea in the year 2020.

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Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, has created a fictional Commission Report similar to the one released after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Based on real and imagined interviews and documents, THE 2020 COMMISSION REPORT imagines how talks between the United States and North Korea could fail like those before it, but this time could plunge the two into conflict.

“As one of the world’s leading arms control experts, Jeffrey Lewis knows better than anyone the extreme dangers that we face as a result of the unchecked spread of nuclear weapons,” says Bruce Nichols, SVP, Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “We hope that the vision within this novel helps to lead us toward a brighter future.”

As experts debate the outcome of the recent summit in Singapore, Jeffrey Lewis outlines the stakes – offering a cautionary tale of what happens if this process collapses and the two parties return to the taunting and nuclear threats of 2017.  “The stakes could not be higher,” Lewis says.  “If we fail to build a different relationship with North Korea, the results could be catastrophic. This is the story of that catastrophe.”


Jeffrey Lewis, PhD, is a columnist for Foreign Policy, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and a non-resident research affiliate at the Stanford University Center for Security and International Cooperation. He has worked at New America Foundation, directed Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School and worked in the Department of Defense.  He is the founding publisher of, the leading blog on disarmament, arms control, and nonproliferation and co-hosts the Arms Control Wonk podcast. He was profiled on This American Life, and has written for The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Daily BeastThe Washington Post, and elsewhere.

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A Speculative Novel

by Jeffrey Lewis |August 07, 2018 | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | $15.99 |304 pages | ISBN: 9781328573919

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