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The North Korean Endgame: Where Do We Go From Here?

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When Feb 17, 2017
from 10:00 am to 04:45 pm
Where Georgetown University, Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloqium Room, Washington DC 20007
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Georgetown Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK) and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program will host their 4th Annual Conference on North Korea.

This year’s conference, ‘The North Korean Endgame: Where do we go from here?’, assesses the current state of North Korea from strategic, geopolitical, and human rights standpoints. The conference will feature a frank discussion on the necessary policy steps to take going forward. Distinguished North Korea experts, activists, and defectors will engage in discussions regarding North Korean nuclear weapons, sanctions, UN resolutions, high level defections, and human rights, with the purpose of laying a practical framework for pursuing and preparing for the North Korean endgame. Georgetown students will serve as moderators for these discussions. Lunch will be catered.

The event will take place on Friday, February 17th, from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm in the Fisher Colloquium room in the McDonough School of Business.

Directions can be found here: 

9:30 am – Registration

10:00 am – Welcome

10:05 am – Opening Remarks: His Excellency Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

10:20 am – The State of the Peoples’ RepublicNorth Korea Today
Keynote Speaker: Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea


11:15 am – First Discussion Panel: 
Planning for the _________: Occurrence and the role of the International Community in the future of North Korea
David Maxwell, Georgetown Security Studies; the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea 
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Chun In Bum, The Brookings Institution
Joshua Stanton, One Free Korea
Dr. Roberta Cohen, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea


12:50 pm – Lunchtime Keynote: Leadership Dynamics under Kim Jong Un and the State of North Korea’s Elite/Leadership

Speaker: Ken Gause, Director, CNAS, & Author: North Korean House of Cards: Leadership Dynamics under Kim Jong Un


1:45 pm – Discussion Panel II: Regional Perspectives on and Roles in the Future on North Korea


Dr. Michael Green, Georgetown Asian Studies Program, & Japan Chair, CSIS

Dennis Wilder, Georgetown Asian Studies Program

Dr. Andrew Kuchins Senior Associate, CSIS; Georgetown for Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies

2:50 pm – Human Rights in the DPRK: Recent Victories and Setbacks

Speaker: Suzanne Scholte, President, the North Korea Freedom Coalition


3:25 pm – Second Discussion Panel:
Current Human Rights Objectives and the Role of Defectors Moving Forward
Suzanne Scholte – President, the North Korea Freedom Coalition
Grace Jo – Vice President, NKinUSA (North Korean Defectors in the USA)
Buheung Hyeon – Defector, Columbia University
Rosa Park – Director of Programs and Editor, the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea


4:30 – Closing Remarks – Koo ByeongsamKorean Ministry of Unification Attaché to the Korean Embassy

4:45 – Adjourn


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