With North Korea conducting a new round of nuclear tests and the US and South Korea flying bombers and fighter jets as a show of strength in response, the Korean Peninsula is back in the spotlight. We spoke with James Person to find out what North Korea hopes to gain by provoking nuclear tensions and if additional sanctions, as some are recommending,  would matter to a nation isolated from much of the international community. His insights provide the focus for this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Guest

James F. Person is the Deputy Director for the History and Public Policy Program and 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. Person has worked as a consultant on historical documentaries.

Host
John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson 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.