Seminar: Metricizing Our Understanding of Korean Unification


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Brown Bag Seminar by POSCO Visiting Fellow, Victor Cha

When: Aug 15 2017 - 12:00pm until Aug 15 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor)

Korean unification has been a subject of discussion for decades among policymakers, experts, and scholars.  The primary empirical referent is Germany, and there are widely held perceptions that unification will be expensive, dangerous, and difficult.  However, beyond these generalizations, we do not have a measurable way of understanding what unification would be like and what matters most to Korea and to its neighbors in such a scenario.  Without such an understanding, there is greater probability of insecurity spirals, misperceptions, and miscalculation among the powers.  This project aims to create the first measurements of how regional powers think about unification, which hopefully can provide a platform for understanding where overlaps and policy gaps may exist.

Victor Cha holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in Government at Georgetown University, where he is also director of the Asian Studies Center in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.  In 2009, he was named Senior Adviser for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. From 2004 to 2009 he was Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.  While at the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific-Island nation affairs.   Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing, and received two Outstanding Service commendations during his tenure at the NSC. He is the author of five books, including Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize), and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Harper Collins Ecco, 2012) which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a “Best Book on the Asia-Pacific for 2012.”   His newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808.944.7607