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. Viewing this ballistic missile defense system’s radar as a direct threat to its nuclear deterrent capability, China has been applying intense political pressure to cancel the THAAD deployment.

To explore ways to navigate rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, the East Asia Institute, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will convene a group of high-level U.S. and South Korean experts for a public panel discussion on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Harvard Kennedy School. This program is co-funded by South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.

Morning Keynote Speaker: The Honorable James B. Steinberg (Former Deputy Secretary of State & University Professor, Syracuse University)

Welcome Remarks:

Panel Discussion:

Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell, Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs & Chairman, The Asia Group


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