Colloquium: Dealing with a Nuclear North Korea

Photo: C. Kenneth QuinonesThe 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 ’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 Korea’s democ­ra­ti­za­tion in the 1980s and was involved in North Korea’s open­ing to the out­side world in the 1990s. Since 2000, he has pub­lished three books: The North Korea Nuclear Crisis—Off the Record Mem­o­ries, Beyond Diplo­ma­cy: Imple­men­ta­tion of the Agreeed Frame Work, and The Com­plete Idiot’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.