Seminar: U.S. Policy on North Korea Human Rights


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Research - Noon Seminar Series

When: Sep 27 2017 - 12:00pm until Sep 27 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor)

In a speech to State Department employees in May, Secretary of State Tillerson argued that by pursuing American human rights “values” we are actually creating “obstacles to our ability to advance our national security interests, our economic interests.” In the case of North Korea, however, promotion of human rights arguably not only reflects American values but also supports our national security interests. In this seminar, Ambassador Robert King, former U.S. Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights, will discuss the elements of human rights policy toward the DPRK and how our policy advances American national interests.

Ambassador Robert R. King served as Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights at the Department of State (2009-2017). He represented the U.S. at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, negotiated with DPRK officials in Pyongyang and Beijing on humanitarian issues, was able to secure release of an American detained in Pyongyang, was involved in formulating U.S. policy on human rights in the DPRK, and testified before Congressional committees on these issues. Since resigning as Special Envoy in January 2017, he has been Senior Advisor to the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Before his State Department appointment, King was Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom Lantos (D-California). Earlier he was a White House Fellow in the Jimmy Carter Administration and was a member of the National Security Council Staff under Zbigniew Brzezinski. Dr. King holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University. He is the author of five books and more thanr 40 articles on international relations.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808.944.7607