Seminar: The U.S. Army’s Return to North Korea


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Politics, Governance, and Security Seminar by C. Kenneth Quinones, Akita International University; POSCO Visiting Fellow, EWC

When: Mar 14 2008 (All day)
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor)—12 Noon-1:00 PM

on a POSCO Fellowship at the East-West
Center, Professor Quinones will share
his experiences as the U.S. Department of State North Korea Affairs officer who
negotiated the agreement with North Korea
in 1996 that allowed the U.S. Army to return peacefully to North Korea in
the summer of 1996. He will explain how
the joint effort between the U.S.
and North Korea armies to
locate and recover the remains of American soldiers left in North Korea during the Korean War became the
most successful and enduring aspects of the first U.S.-North Korea agreement of
1994 that ended Pyongyang's
nuclear weapons program until 2002.

Dr. C. Kenneth Quinones is the Director of Global
Studies and Professor of Korean Studies at Akita
International University
in Japan.A retired Foreign Service Officer, he has
been involved with Korea
since 1962 as a soldier, scholar and diplomat. After teaching East Asian history at Trinity
College in Hartford, CT,
he entered diplomatic service in 1980. He was the first U.S.
diplomat to visit North Korea,
and the first to serve in both South and North Korea. He was a member of the U.S. team that negotiated the first diplomatic
agreement with North Korea
(1994) that ended Pyongyang's
nuclear weapons program. Between 1992
and 1997 he made numerous trips to North Korea and worked at its
nuclear research center for six months. He also served in Washington, D.C. and in Japan. After retirement, he represented the Asia
Foundation in South Korea and
worked with the humanitarian organization, Mercy Corps, in North Korea.Between 2001 and 2005 he published three
books, and more than 50 articles in U.S.,
South Korean, and Japanese newspapers plus more than 20 articles in academic
journals on U.S.-North Korea relations and North Korea. He is frequently interviewed on television
and radio in Asia, Europe and North America. Dr. Quinones was the Visiting Professor in
Korean Studies at the University
of Hawaii in 2006. He holds a Ph.D. in History and East Asian
Languages from Harvard

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808-944-7607