How Perception Dictates Actions in Ambiguous Situations: Game Theory Analysis of the Third North Korean Nuclear Crisis

August 13, 2013 // 1:30pm2:30pm
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Jung Joo Kwon, Korea Foundation Junior Scholar, will present the results of her research conducted at the Wilson Center on the third North Korean nuclear crisis. Arguing that the perception of decision-makers plays as an important role in determining policy agenda as factors such as internal, external and systemic settings, Kwon suggests that it is important to analyze how perceptions and images are formed. Game theory provides a valid analytical tool to explore the decision-making process in international relations in general and in the case of North Korea in particular. Through game theory analysis, Kwon identifies the patterns of perception/misperception around the third North Korean nuclear crisis in order to understand the shift of powers and policies at the time.

James Person, Senior Program Associate with the History and Public Policy Program, will chair and comment on Kwon's discussion.

Jung Joo Kwon is presently a Korea Foundation Junior Scholar in residence at the Wilson Center. Kwon is completing a master's degree in International Affairs and Governance at the University of St. Gallen St. Gallen, Switzerland, working on a thesis entitled "Escaping Middle Income Trap in Asia through the National Innovative Capacity: Focused on the Case of South Korea." She previously earned a Master's of Arts in International Management from the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Business Administration from Hanyang University.


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Event Speakers List: 
  • Jung Joo Kwon // Korea Foundation Junior Scholar
    M.A. Candidate, University of St. Gellen
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  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • James Person // Senior Program Associate
  • Charles Kraus // Program Assistant