North Korea's International Interactions During the COVID-19 Pandemic


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When: May 7 2020 - 9:00am until May 7 2020 - 10:00am
Where: Zoom meeting

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to an
Indo-Pacific Foreign Policy and Defense Seminar:

North Korea's International Interactions During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Mr. Keith Luse
Executive Director,
National Committee on North Korea

Dr. Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington


As COVID-19 spreads throughout East Asia, despite claims otherwise, it's unlikely that North Korea has escaped its path. Satu Limaye of the East-West Center and Keith Luse with the National Committee on North Korea as explored North Korea's response to COVID-19 and how the virus impacts North Korea's interactions with other countries.

The East-West Center and National Committee on North Korea jointly run the North Korea in the World pilot project, which was created to provide researchers, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with easily-accessible information on the external diplomatic and economic relations of North Korea.

The East-West Center has also recently published a series on North Korea's relations with countries across the Indo-Pacific in its Asia Pacific Bulletin: Indo-Pacific Relations with North Korea.


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 US Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse also served as Staff Director for Mr. Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member. While at the Senate Agriculture Committee, Luse made the first of eventually five trips to North Korea. Luse’s Bachelor of Arts degree in political science is from Indiana University. His graduate certificate in public management and additional graduate studies were obtained at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Sarah Wang