North Korea

Book

China's Rise and the Two Koreas

Author: Scott A. Snyder

With China now South Korea's number-one trading partner and destination for foreign investment and tourism, what are the implications for politics and security in East Asia? Scott Snyder explores the transformation of the Sino–South Korean relationship since the early 1990s.

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Council Special Report No. 42

Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea

Authors: Paul B. Stares and Joel S. Wit

North Korea has long been a serious concern to Washington. Now, with President Kim Jong-Il reportedly in bad health and possibly naming a successor, the United States must consider possible outcomes should the situation deteriorate and the current North Korean government collapse. This report examines the challenges that these scenarios would pose--ranging from securing Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal to providing humanitarian assistance--in the context of the interests of the United States and others in its valuable recommendations.

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China and Japan's Perspectives on North Korea

Speaker: Bonnie Glaser
Speaker: Sheila Smith
Presider: Marcus Noland

Bonnie S. Glaser of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and CFR Senior Fellow Sheila A. Smith join Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, to discuss Chinese and Japanese perceptions towards North Korea since the death of Kim Jong-il.

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North Korea, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Regional Security in Northeast Asia

Speaker: Stephen Bosworth
Speaker: Han Sung-Joo
Presider: Richard C. Bush III

Stephen W. Bosworth of Tufts University and Korea University's Han Sung-Joo join Richard C. Bush III of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies to discuss the history of nuclear negotiations with North Korea and outline the potential policy options going forward. 

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U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula: Report of a CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force

Panelist: Charles L. "Jack" Pritchard
Panelist: Evans Revere
Panelist: Scott Snyder
Speaker: David Sanger

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula assesses current U.S. policy toward both North and South Korea. The report identifies three essential elements of an internationally coordinated response to the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear development effort: first, denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an approach that attempts to resolve rather than simply manage the issue; second, regional cohesion, enabled by close U.S.-South Korea relations; and third, China’s cooperation and active engagement.

This Task Force is made possible in part by generous support from the Korea Foundation.

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Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula

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Ambassador Jang Il Hun on Human Rights in North Korea

Speaker: Jang Il Hun
Presider: Donald Gregg

Jang Il Hun, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations, joins Donald P. Gregg, chairman of the Pacific Century Institute and former U.S. ambassador to Korea, to discuss human rights in North Korea.

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Disarming, Delisting, and Dealing with North Korea: Next Steps

Speaker: Michael Green
Speaker: Gary Samore
Presider: Don Oberdorfer

Just two years have passed since North Korea's nuclear test. Heightened engagement efforts, through the six-party talks, led to agreement on nuclear disarmament and North Korea's recent removal from the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism. However, North Korea remains a strategic challenge. Join Michael Green and Gary Samore for a discussion of North Korea in the region, the world, and in U.S. policy for a new U.S. administration.

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