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The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

On the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework, the US-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to join us in a special program to remember the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, which brought about this historic agreement, and discussion of policy options for the US, South Korea and Japan for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and WMD programs now and in the future.

Featuring: 

  • Stephen Bosworth, Chairman, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former KEDO Executive Director, US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
  • Robert Gallucci, former Ambassador At-Large and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Sung-Joo Han,Chairman, International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR), former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
  • James Laney,  former US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
  • Yukio Takeuchi, former Justice, Supreme Court of Japan, former Vice Foreign Minister, Japan

Discussants:

  • Thomas Hubbard, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
  • Dan Poneman, former Senior Director for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls, National Security Council and Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • Gary Samore, Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • General Gary E. Luck, former Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command (Korea)/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea

And moderated by Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former Agreed Framework Coordinator

This program is free and open to the public and press. For more information to RSVP, visit here.

Awkward Engagement: Reflections on Doctors Without Borders’ Work in North Korea

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 – Awkward Engagement: Reflections on Doctors Without Borders’ Work in North Korea

The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 – The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

Communications Internships

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is currently seeking 1-2 Communications interns. Tasks will include such activities as web content management/updates (multiple websites), social media management, media tracking, writing media advisories and event briefs, email newsletter management, event material preparation, and more.

A successful candidate should have superior writing and editing skills (in English), some copywriting experience a plus, with an eye for design, and should have some experience in the following programs: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator; WordPress (or other web content management systems); social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (forums).

USKI internships are unpaid and interns are expected to work at least 4 days a week.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Jenny Town, Assistant Director at jtown2@jhu.edu. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Summer Program & Research Internships

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is currently seeking program and research interns. Multiple positions are open and duties will vary. Some current areas of research include: North Korea political, economic, and social development, North Korean WMD issues, US-ROK nuclear cooperation, US-ROK cooperation in Southeast Asia, US-ROK cooperation nuclear security, US foreign policy to both Koreas, energy security cooperation in Northeast Asia, ROK renewable energy policies, and more.

Interns generally are asked to do a variety of tasks including research assistance, event attendance and reporting, logistical support for events and projects, and other things as necessary. They may work with USKI staff and/or Visiting Scholars on various projects.

Successful candidates should have an interest in Korea and/or East Asia policy and be at least a sophomore in college or higher; graduate students and post-grads are encouraged to apply. Foreign language skills are a plus, but not necessary. Strong writing and editing skillls are preferred. Must be able to multitask, prioitize, meet deadlines, and work well both independently and in small groups.

USKI internships are unpaid and interns are expected to work at least 4 days a week.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Jenny Town, Assistant Director at jtown2@jhu.edu. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Things Are Heating Up at Yongbyon

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS’s web-journal on North Korea, 38 North, has reported seeing steam emitting from North Korea’s 5 MWe gas-graphite reactor. This reactor, used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, was shut down in 1994 as part of the US-North Korea Agreed Framework. In 2008, the cooling tower for the reactor was destroyed as part of the 2007 Six Party Agreement. However, after high tensions on the Korean peninsula earlier this year, North Korea announced its intention to restart this reactor.

38 North analysts have been tracking construction at this site through commercial satellite imagery since the North’s announcement. In DigitalGlobe imagery from August 31, 2013, steam was seen coming from the electrical power generating building. See the full analysis at USKI’s 38 North.

The Long Road Ahead for Obama

USKI’s Joel Wit and Jenny Town published an article on ForeignPolicy.com discussing what the successful North Korean rocket launch means for US foreign policy towards the DPRK. The Obama administration now faces the choice of how his record on North Korea will be remembered: a hard problem more or less contained or a rogue state armed with dozens of nuclear weapons well on its way to threatening the US. Obama’s second term is a second chance to tackle this important foreign policy issue. Is he up to the challenge?

Read the articleLaunch This” at ForeignPolicy.com.

Joel Wit is a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and founder of its North Korea website, 38 North. Jenny Town is a research associate at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and editor of 38 North.