Childish behavior of this sort is all the worse when leaders are new and unfamiliar to one another. Thismakes it an especially bad time to irritate neighbors and allies with reckless and provocative foreign policy,stirring up old and intractable conflict.Additionally, forging sound foreign relations become ever more difficult in the context of the deeplydebilitating cacophony of domestic relations that plague the leadership efforts of each leader in the mix.Obama, Park, and Abe have very strong and virulent domestic opposition.It is for all of these reasons, and for the fact that democracies change leaders so constantly, that thehabitual obsession with political personalities must be diminished, and that the pursuit of constructiveinternational relations transcend the faddish, paparazzi type coverage and analysis of political affairs. Theshared responsibilities of elected and appointed leaders, the media, and politically informed readers andviewers should transcend and shed its dependency and obsession with the comings and goings of politicalpersonalities.Greater attention must be given to legislation and policy that outlives administrations, and to trends andinitiatives taking place independently of state actors.On July 1 of this year, both chambers of Congress of, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a billaimed at protecting the welfare of ‘stateless’ North Korean children. The bill, the North Korean ChildWelfare Act of 2012 states that “hundreds of thousands of North Korean children suffer from malnutrition inNorth Korea, and North Korean children or children of one North Korean parent who are living outside ofNorth Korea may face statelessness in neighboring countries.” The objectives of the bill are multifaceted,but have the overarching aim of protecting North Korean children.This is wise legislation that brings North Korea under a humanitarian and human rights microscope, notmerely a security one, and in so doing creates a legitimate platform for a far greater community of nationsto involve themselves in the complex global difficulties this nation causes. Concern for child welfare isperennial, not limited to the special interests of one or two countries, and not bound to the political leaningsof this or that administration. Even North Korea itself has to be attracted to the prospect of positive welfarefor its children and its future. This is the sort of creative politics that so perfectly transcends the tired andalways failing “peace talks,” that dominate political and media chatter, and uses up our money andresources in the never successful pursuit of “peace.”Another non-State-actor phenomenon that impacts North Korea's sick imprisonment of its own people isthe electronics and media smuggling activity carried out by North Korean defectors along the North Korea – China border. This activity is steadily and increasingly exposing North Koreans to the realities of theoutside world, and by natural extension undermines the ability for central government to control its people.The erosion of absolute central control is a vital step for world powers to be able to engage the country andtake necessary steps to defuse the potential terror this totalitarian tyranny represents.