John Quincy Adams Speaker on “How to Contain North Korea”

Thursday, October 12, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
Maxwell, Heritage Room
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Minnock Institute for Global Engagement

Professor Sung Yoon Lee from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy will discuss the history and current situation in the Korean peninsula as our John Quincy Adams Foreign Affairs speaker this fall.  He will deliver a lecture on October 12, 5 pm, at the Library Heritage Room. All are welcome.

Title: How to Contain North Korea


"2017 is a banner year for North Korea, marked by several menacing milestones: The nation's most powerful nuclear test to date in September, two successful inter-continental ballistic missile tests in July, and three successful intermediate-range ballistic missile tests. While the U.S. and its allies have vacillated for 25 years between indecisive diplomacy and half-hearted sanctions, Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threat capability has grown markedly. How much longer can the status quo hold? Can we live with a nuclear North Korea?"

Sung-Yoon Lee is Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy from Tufts University. He is a former Research Fellow with the National Asia Research Program, a joint initiative by the National Bureau of Asia Research and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Associate in Research at the Korea Institute, Harvard University. His essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Asia Times, The Weekly Standard, Christian Science Monitor, Far Eastern Economic Review, and Imprimus. A frequent commentator on Korean affairs, Lee has appeared on BBC, NPR, PBS, PRI, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBC, NECN, Al Jazeera, among others, and has testified as an expert witness at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on North Korea policy.


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