The Second Annual IFES–WWICS Washington Forum “Security and Development on the Korean Peninsula”

November 02, 2011 // 10:00am3:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program
Asia Program

The second annual IFES-WWICS Forum, “Security and Development on the Korean Peninsula,” seeks to bring a broader historical perspective to current issues affecting the Korean peninsula by conveying the importance of deep historical continuities in DPRK policies. The 2011 Forum will feature panels on the role of North Korea’s military-diplomatic campaigns in Pyongyang’s foreign policy and prospects for economic development in North Korea. Within the context of these panels, participants will attempt to identify continuities in North Korea’s military adventurism from its early manifestations in the late 1960s to the most recent hostile acts of 2010. Panelists will also explore North Korea’s historic mistrust of multi-lateral institutions, including the Council for Mutual Economic Cooperation (COMECON), an organization created to facilitate and coordinate the economic development of the former Socialist bloc, and discuss prospects for economic reform and integrating the DPRK into the world economy.

Panelists include Michishita Narushige (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo), Choi Jinwook (Korean Institute for National Unification), Raymond M. Colston, (Office of the Director of National Intelligence), Han Yongsup (Korea National Defense University), Robert Carlin (Stanford University), Nicholas Eberstadt (American Enterprise Institute), and Kim Soohong (Incheon Bridge Corporation), and John Park (United States Institute of Peace). Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman and Kyungnam University President Park Jaekyu will deliver opening remarks.

Conference Agenda
RSVPs required to luncheon due to limited seating.   

Opening Session:
Jane Harman, President and CEO, WWICS
Park Jae-Kyu, President, Kyungnam University

Panel 1:
Military Adventurism in the Context of North Korea's Foreign Policy
Robert Hathaway,
Michishita Narushige, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
Choi Jinwook, Korean Institute for National Unification
Raymond M. Colston, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Han Yong-sup, Korean National Defense University

Gary Samore,
Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and Terrorism         

Panel 2: Prospects for Economic Reform in North Korea and International
Ambassador Sun Jounyung, University of North Korean Studies
Robert Carlin, Stanford University
Nicholas Eberstadt, American Enterprise Institute
Kim Soohong, Institute for Korean Development
John Park, United States Institute of Peace 


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Director, Institute for Korean Peninsula Project Development (IKPPD) and Chair-Professor, Kyungnam University
  • Robert Hathaway // Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center


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Experts & Staff

  • 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 // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project