North Korea's External Relations Under "Maximum Pressure"


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When: Nov 14 2017 - 12:30pm until Nov 14 2017 - 2:00pm
Where: 1819 L St NW, Sixth Floor Conference Room, Washington DC, 20036

North Korea's External Relations Under "Maximum Pressure"

An Asia Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar featuring:

Keith Luse
Executive Director, National Committee on North Korea

Daniel Wertz
Senior Program Officer, National Committee on North Korea

North Korea's External Relations Under "Maximum Pressure" from East-West Center on Vimeo.

North Korea's reputation as a "Hermit Kingdom" has long belied the extent of its international economic and diplomatic engagement. From supporting various revolutionary movements abroad in the 1970s to exporting arms, laborers, and monuments in more recent years, North Korea's global ties have been far-reaching, albeit carefully calibrated. As part of its "maximum pressure and engagement" strategy, however, the Trump administration has urged countries across the globe to reduce their diplomatic and economic ties with Pyongyang. Paired with new UN sanctions and increasingly provocative North Korean actions, a growing list of countries from South America to Southeast Asia have distanced themselves from North Korea.

The East-West Center in Washington and the National Committee on North Korea held a discussion of North Korea's external diplomatic and economic relations, and what the increasing pressure on these relations could mean. The presenters drew on data collected from the North Korea in the World project, an interactive website created by EWC and NCNK with curated data on North Korea's external economic and diplomatic relations.

 For more images, please visit the album for this event on the East-West Center's Flickr page. 

Keith Luse is the Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea. Previously, Luse was the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse was also Staff Director for Senator Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member. During fourteen years of working for Senator Lugar in Washington, Luse worked on North Korea-related legislation and had numerous meetings and interactions with North Korean officials inside North Korea and in the United States. Luse is an Advisory Board Member of The Center for Constitutional Democracy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and formerly served on the Boards of The American Center for International Leadership, The Indianapolis Museum of Indian Heritage, and The Indianapolis Hispano-American Center. Luse has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Indiana University. He obtained a graduate certificate in public management and pursued additional graduate studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Daniel Wertz is Senior Program Officer at the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), where his research has focused on topics including sanctions, the North Korean economy, and international NGO activities in North Korea. Previously, he worked as a Research Assistant at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Wertz received master’s degrees in International History in a joint program from Columbia University and the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree in History from Wesleyan University.

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