15 Events

Event Poster

Korea Institute / Harvard

Seminar - Open to the Public

"Engaging North Korea: What are the Current Signposts Telling Us?"

Wed., Dec. 5, 2018 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies - South Building

Public panel discussion with Ambassador Joseph Yun, Robert Carlin and Bonnie Glaser on "ENGAGING NORTH KOREA: WHAT ARE THE CURRENT SIGNPOSTS TELLING US?" chaired by Dr. John Park.

The Harvard Korea Working Group acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

Robert Carlin (Visiting Scholar, Stanford University; former CIA Korea analyst)
Bonnie Glaser (Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic & International Studies)
Ambassador Joseph Yun (Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace; former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy)
Dr. John Park, Chair (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School)

Asia Beyond the Headlines Seminar Series, Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored by the Korea Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School & the Harvard Korea Institute’s SBS Foundation Research Fund.

People watch a news program on TV reporting about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Special Series - Open to the Public

Seoul Forum for International Affairs – Harvard Track II Dialogue on Peace and Security on the Korean Peninsula

Fri., Sep. 28, 2018 | 9:30am

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

With the next inter-Korean summit and Xi Jinping-Kim Jong Un meeting scheduled for September, we’ll be convening a special Seoul Forum for International Affairs (SFIA) - Harvard Track II dialogue on Friday, September 28. This public event will highlight insights from former senior practitioners and leading experts from the Republic of Korea and the United States.

The co-organizers of this event are the Seoul Forum for International Affairs, Harvard Belfer Center’s Korea Working Group, and Harvard Korea Institute’s SBS Foundation Research Fund.

The Harvard Korea Working Group acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, prepares to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the military demarcation line at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone on April 27, 2018.

Korea Summit Press Pool/AP

Seminar - Open to the Public

Korea in Great Transition? Diplomacy for Denuclearization and Peace-building

Thu., June 21, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Amid a flurry of summits, Professor Yoon Young-kwan, former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will provide a South Korean perspective of where we’re headed with denuclearization and peace-building on the Korean Peninsula.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bids farewell to senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, director of the United Front Department, right, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, left, on his departure from Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2018.

Matthew Lee/AP

Special Series - Open to the Public

Dealing with North Korea: Insights from U.S. Negotiators

Tue., June 19, 2018 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Belfer Building - Land Hall, 4th Floor

Discussion with Ambassador Christopher Hill, Ambassador Daniel Russel, Dr. Gary Samore, First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam, Consul General Kim Yonghyon, and Dr. John Park. This Harvard Korea Working Group public panel event will draw on the experiences of former senior U.S. negotiators who have engaged in deal-making with North Korean counterparts.

The Harvard Korea Working Group acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

Panorama of Pyongyang, North Korea.

Sven Unbehauen

Seminar - Open to the Public

The Changing Security Landscape on the Korean Peninsula: Implications for Tokyo, Beijing, and Washington

Tue., Feb. 6, 2018 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel Building, Bowie-Vernon, Room K262

Speaker: John Park, Director of the Korea Working Group and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

In this seminar, Dr. John Park will examine the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) missile and nuclear capabilities and strategic behavior; recent developments in the Republic of Korea's (ROK) policies toward DPRK; and the evolving policy debate in Japan, China, and the United States in response to the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula.

Co-sponsored by the International Security Program

Conference - Open to the Public

Navigating Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

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

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

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

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

Littauer Building - Belfer Center Library, Room 369

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.