Seminar: The North Korea Challenge: Crafting a More Effective Approach


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Seminar by POSCO Visiting Fellow Peter M. Beck

When: Nov 17 2011 - 2:00pm until Nov 17 2011 - 3:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room #3012, East-West Center

The United States and the countries surrounding North Korea have failed to find an effective approach towards North Korea.  After outlining developments inside North Korea and the deepening security threat, I will suggest several strategies for dealing more effectively with the North, starting with putting a cap on the North's nuclear activities.  I will also look at ways of engaging the North Korean people, including humanitarian assistance, foreign radio broadcasts and cultural exchanges.
Peter M. Beck is the Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Research Fellow at Keio University in Tokyo and a visiting POSCO Fellow at the East-West Center.  He also teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. and Ewha University in Seoul.  He is a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and Temple University Japan Campus.  Previously, he was the Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University.  He has served as the executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and opened the International Crisis Group’s Northeast Asia Project in Seoul.  He was also the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C.  Prior to that, he worked for a member of Korea’s National Assembly and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Beck serves as an advisor to the International Republican Institute and the South Korean NGO PSCORE.  He has also served as a member of the Ministry of Unification’s Policy Advisory Committee and as a columnist for Donga Ilbo, Weekly Chosun, and The Korea Herald.  He has published over 100 academic and short articles, including in Asian Survey, Encyclopedia Britannica, Foreign Policy, Japan Times, Pacific Affairs, Mother Jones, Oxford Analytica, The Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, and Yale Global.  He has also testified before Congress. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, completed the Korean language program at Seoul National University, and conducted his graduate studies at U.C. San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

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