Understanding the North Korean Regime: Research Perspectives from Japan and the United States
Join us for a discussion on comparative approaches to studying contemporary North Korea, understanding sources of regime resilience, and identifying forces that have shaped Pyongyang’s strategic thinking over the decades.
North Korea’s nuclear aspirations remain one of the greatest security challenges to Asia and beyond. Yet the ability to identify opportunities to constrain Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities is limited by misunderstandings about the impenetrability, irrationality, and unpredictability of the regime which clouds strategic thinking. To overcome such misconceptions, greater efforts must be made to shed light not only on North Korean domestic politics, but also Pyongyang’s own strategic priorities and the significance of nuclear weapons. Join us for a discussion on comparative approaches to studying contemporary North Korea, understanding sources of regime resilience, and identifying forces that have shaped Pyongyang’s strategic thinking over the decades.
Registration begins at 9:15 am, a light breakfast will be provided.
The Wilson Center Asia Program's Japan Scholar Fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Keio University
Professor of Korean Studies and Asia Programs, JHU SAIS; Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS
Robert L. Carlin
The Asia Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region. Read more
Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy
The Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond. Read more
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