While the Bush administration prepares for a possible war to disarm Iraq, it has been confronted by a new and potentially graver crisis—North Korea’s resumption of its nuclear weapons program and expulsion of United Nations inspectors.
At this briefing, a panel of experts will address a number of difficult questions and long-term repercussions of North Korea’s belligerent stance:
- Why did North Korea revive its nuclear weapons program? Was it to pressure the United States into resuming desperately needed humanitarian shipments of food and fuel?
- Why has the United States taken two different approaches to thwarting the weapons programs of Iraq and North Korea? What military options—if any—does the United States have in North Korea?
- How can the Bush administration conduct a “dialogue” with North Korea and still maintain its announced policy of not making “concessions”? What role will China and Russia play in finding a peaceful resolution to the crisis?
- What role can South Korea and its new president play in defusing the situation? How will the anti-American sentiment in South Korea and South Korea’s apparent desire for reconciliation with the North affect Seoul’s policies in this crisis?
- What will North Korea’s resumed nuclear weapons program and its ongoing missile development program mean for security in the region, including the security of Japan, South Korea, and China?
PanelistsIvo H. Daalder Former Brookings Expert, President - Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Former U.S. Ambassador to NATOMichael E. O’Hanlon Director of Research - Foreign Policy, Director - Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Co-Director - Africa Security Initiative, Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, Strobe Talbott Center for Security, Strategy, and Technology, Philip H. Knight Chair in Defense and Strategy