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The Korean Peninsula Forum: The Challenges of North Korean Instability

When Nov 10, 2016
from 05:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Talk: Law 133; Reception: Law 115
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Contact Phone 206-543-0735
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In many ways, the North Korean regime is unstable. Its people suffer from poverty and starvation, while the regime is embarrassed by its inferiority to its South Korean neighbor in terms of economics, international relations, and even conventional military power. The North Korea leader, Kim Jong-un, maintains control through extensive indoctrination, horrendous human rights violations, and brutal purges, including ongoing purges of his senior elites. Rather than invest in improving North Korean lives, Kim pursues nuclear weapon developments to prove his empowerment and deter external action against his regime. These and other conditions may be leading to “sudden change” in North Korea that could take various forms from North Korean government collapse to war. The growth in the North Korean nuclear weapon threat and the potential for Chinese and other third-party intervention could significantly complicate such developments. Next year, the new US Administration must abandon the failed policy toward North Korea of “strategic patience” and take more decisive action with its South Korean ally against North Korea or face potentially catastrophic consequences.

Presented by the Center for Korea Studies

Speaker: Bruce W. Bennett

Moderator: Donald Hellmann

Discussants: David Bachman, Clark Sorensen, Kenneth Pyle, & Yong-chool Ha

North Korean Instability

Where: Reception: Law 115

Talk: Law 133

When: Thursday, November 10th

Time:The Korean Peninsula Forum: The Challenges of North Korean Instability Reception: 5:30pm

Talk: 6:30pm

Panel & Q and A: 7:30pm

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