The Center for Korean Studies Colloquium Series will present a discussion of the complexities of dealing with a nuclear North Korea on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. in the Center’s auditorium. The featured speaker will be C. Kenneth Quinones, director of Global Studies and professor of Korean studies at Akita International University in Japan. Center for Korean Studies colloquia are free and open to the public.
North Korea Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s possession of both nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles challenges the existing Cold War balance of power in Northeast Asia. The options available to the United States and its South Korean and Japanese allies for addressing this situation are limited: negotiate and coexist with North Korea, forcefully disarm it, or work to transform the current régime in Pyongyang. Quinones will discuss the pros and cons of each option and the potential consequences for pursuing any one of them.
C. Kenneth Quinones has been involved with Northeast Asia since 1962 as a soldier, scholar, and diplomat. As a U.S. diplomat, he witnessed South KoreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s democratization in the 1980s and was involved in North KoreaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s opening to the outside world in the 1990s. Since 2000, he has published three books: The North Korea Nuclear CrisisÃ¢â‚¬â€Off the Record Memories, Beyond Diplomacy: Implementation of the Agreeed Frame Work, and The Complete IdiotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Guide to Understanding North Korea. His monthly columns appear in Mainichi Shimbun and Sanyo Shimbun. Quinones holds a Ph.D. in history and East Asian languages from Harvard University. For more information about Quinones, visit http://www.ckquinones.com.