9 Events

Conference - Open to the Public

Navigating Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Wed., Oct. 19, 2016 | 9:00am - 12:15pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Building, Nye B & C, 5th Floor

Despite enhanced U.S. and South Korean military capabilities, as well as an increasing application of targeted sanctions, North Korea continues to make progress with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. In response to these advancements, the U.S. and South Korea announced in early August that they would deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the southeastern part of South Korea.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Stopping North Korea, Inc.: Sanctions Effectiveness and Unintended Consequences

Wed., Oct. 5, 2016 | 10:00am - 11:30am

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

This study assesses the use of sanctions against North Korea, especially as they relate to Pyongyang’s ongoing nuclear and missile programs. We focus on what we call “North Korea, Inc.,” the system of regimeoperated state trading companies (STCs) that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) employs to procure both licit and illicit goods.

File footage of North Korea's May 25, 2009 nuclear test is shown in Seoul, ROK, Oct. 25, 2011. U.S. and North Korean diplomats began their 2nd day of direct talks on Pyongyang's nuclear program.

AP Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

Assessing the Role of Security Assurances in Dealing with North Korea

Thu., Nov. 17, 2011 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

After conducting nuclear weapon tests in 2006 and 2009, North Korea has increasingly insisted that it has become the world's ninth nuclear weapon state. Many interpretations of North Korean nuclear decision-making leading to this predicament are inadequate in explaining Pyongyang's nuclear behavior. While hostile U.S. policy is frequently cited by North Korea as the reason it needs a nuclear deterrent, a close examination of its nuclear behavior reveals that even when the United States offered explicit security assurances, North Korea continued with its nuclear weapons development. Are security assurances relevant in negotiating North Korea’s peaceful denuclearization?

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.