Apr 28

Past Event

The International Relations of the Korean Peninsula: Can Diplomacy Succeed? What if Diplomacy Fails?


The Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) at the Brookings Institution will convene its annual spring conference on Wednesday, April 28. Two expert panels will discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis and possible outcomes of the current stand-off.

Can the United States reach an agreement on nuclear weapons with North Korea that can be called "complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement" of the nuclear program? If so, what would this agreement look like, and what steps would the two sides and others need to take to reach it?

If an agreement is not possible, especially in the near term, what would Northeast Asia be like if North Korea dropped whatever ambiguity is left concerning its nuclear status? Would it engage in nuclear coercion? Would Japan go nuclear? How would South Korea adjust?

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • PANEL I: The Shape of an Acceptable Settlement; Moderated by

  • PANEL II: Northeast Asia and a Nuclear North Korea; Moderated by

  • Panelists

    • Charles L. Pritchard

      Visiting Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies

    • David Kang

      Associate Professor of Government, Dartmouth College

    • Gordon Flake

      Executive Director, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation

    • Joel Wit

      Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

    • Jonathan Pollack

      Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies and Director, Strategic Research Department, Naval War College

    • Katsu Furukawa

      Senior Research Associate, Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies

    • Mike Mochizuki

      Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University

    • Richard Betts

      Leo A. Shifrin Professor of War and Peace Studies and Director, Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University


April 28, 2004

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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