For his first trip as Secretary of Defense, James Mattis traveled to South Korea to assert the U.S. commitment to that nation and to send a warning to its northern neighbor. This follows on the heels of North Korea’s claims that it is close to perfecting ICBM technology that would enable it to strike the continental United States. We asked the Wilson Center’s James Person to assess the current level of tension on the Korean Peninsula in the wake of Secretary Mattis’ visit.  That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

Guest

James F. Person is Coordinator of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. Person is editor of the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP) Working Paper Series and co-editor of the Cold War International History Project Bulletin and History and Public Policy Program Critical Oral History Conference Series. He has worked as a consultant on historical documentaries.

Host
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor ofWilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.