North Korea conducted its fifth and most powerful nuclear test in September 2016. It is also making significant progress on its delivery systems, rapidly expanding its stockpile of fissile materials, and steadily improving on its nuclear weapon designs. There is growing concern that if this process continues, North Korea could soon become a clear and present danger not only to Northeast Asia, but also to the United States.
With this in mind, the US-Korea Institute at SAIS partnered with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University to convene some of the leading experts on Northeast Asia security issues to take stock of the issue and consider what steps can be taken to stabilize the situation and halt North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction. The two-day conference was held at Stanford University in mid-June and was co-chaired by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry.
The following report is a summary of the main points discussed by the participants, with the primary takeaway that there is a need for a comprehensive policy review along the lines of the “Perry Process” fifteen years ago.
Download the report, “Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: The North Korean Nuclear Issue and the Way Ahead”
Today USKI launched the Breakfast Security Series with a seminar on North Korea Nuclear Issues lead by David Albright.
On May 3, 2016, 38 North published the exclusive article “North Korea’s Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile: Continued Progress at the Sinpo South Shipyard” with analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
On April 20th and 21st the U.S. – Korea Institute hosted the China-U.S. Young Leaders in conjunction with the China Institute of International Studies. This two-day event included 20 young scholars from both China and the U.S. to discuss approaches to dealing with North Korea nuclear issues.
Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, 1939-2016. (Photo: Kaveh Sardari/USKI)
Ambassador Stephen Warren Bosworth died of pancreatic cancer in his home in Boston on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Stephen Bosworth was a career American diplomat and was chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and held an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was also served as the Payne Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University in 2014.
Ambassador Bosworth served as Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 2001-2013. His administration at Fletcher is credited with increasing the size of the Fletcher faculty and student body while securing the financial soundness of the school during a period of economic uncertainty. He oversaw the creation of new degree programs that have significantly expanded the scope of The Fletcher School’s teaching, research, and global outreach. During his tenure as Dean at the Fletcher School, Ambassador Bosworth also served President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy from 2009 to 2011.
“Stephen Bosworth was among the best diplomats of his generation. A consummate professional and a student of history, he managed American foreign policy skillfully at critical junctures and left an indelible imprint on America’s policy toward Asia,” said Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, “He was a transformational dean at the Fletcher School at Tufts University where he oversaw development of new programs. Insightful, kind and considerate, he was a great influence on friends and colleagues and generations of students who studied international affairs.”
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The US-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to a book launch for
China and North Korea:
Strategic and Policy Perspectives from a Changing China
October 6, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
At a time when China’s historically close “as lips and teeth” relations with North Korea appear to be changing, this volume provides unique access in English to the diverse perspectives informing China’s North Korea policy and insights into how Chinese specialists assess a country that, while both its neighbor and ally, is also a threat to international security and China’s national interests. The editor has gathered original essays by some of today’s leading Chinese experts on China’s foreign policy toward North Korea, the history of Beijing’s relations with Pyongyang, and North Korea’s politics and economy. Contributors include scholars from China’s elite universities and think tanks in Beijing, as well as from provinces bordering North Korea.
Join us for the official book launch of this new volume, featuring a discussion with the editor and select contributors:
||Carla FREEMAN, Editor of China and North Korea: Strategic and Policy Perspectives from a Changing China, Director of the Foreign Policy Institute at SAIS, Associate Director of the China Studies Program at SAIS
||SHI Yinhong, Chairman of the Academic Committee of the School of International Studies and Director of the Center on American Studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing
||CHENG Xiaohe, Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China in Beijing
||Nathan BEAUCHAMP-MUSTAFAGA, Research Assistant at RAND Corporation
||Bonnie S. GLASER, Senior Adviser for Asia, Director of the China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Lunch will be provided.
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