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Friday, November 21: Slavery and Forced Labor: Beyond the UN Report on Human Rights in North Korea (Washington, D.C.)

Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies will host Dr. Myong-hyun Go, Research Fellow at the Asan Institute, Dr. Chang-hoon Shin, Director of the Center for Global Governance at the Asan Institute and Greg Scarlatoiu, the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, who will discuss their report, titled "Beyond the UN COI Report on Human Rights in DPRK."

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Friday, November 21: Rifts and Binds: Assessing North Korea-China Relations (New York City)

The Korea Society will host John Park of Harvard Belfer Center, one of the nation's most eminent Korea analysts, as he speaks to relations between Pyongyang and Beijing, with an eye to emerging fault lines and areas of continued commitment. Park explores the paradox of the DPRK’s reliance on the PRC for fuel and foodstuff and quest for strategic diversity and self-reliance. He weighs signals by Xi Jinping and potential new balancing following the year’s first ever visit by a Chinese President to Seoul over Pyongyang.

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Thursday, November 20: Eyes on North Korea: Threats from the Hermit Kingdom (Washington, DC)

What do we know about the North Korean threat? What would it take to lift the shroud of secrecy that looms over the Hermit Kingdom? Join Bruce Klingner, former CIA deputy division chief for Korea; Fred Fleitz, former CIA analyst and expert in WMD proliferation; and Bruce Bechtol, Senior Intelligence Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency and author of numerous papers and books on North Korea including The Last Days of Kim Jong-il: The North Korean Threat in a Changing Era, to answer these and other questions.This event is cosponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America and the International Spy Museum.

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Thursday, November 20: Industrialization and its Consequences in North Korea and Northeast China, 1930s-1960s (Washington, D.C)

The International History Seminar will host a lecture by Dr. Charles Armstrong of Colombia University. The event is co-sponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Global History (History Department) and the Mortara Center for International Studies.

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Wednesday, November 19: The ABCs of North Korean SEZs (Washington, DC)

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS will host Andray Abrahamian, who will discuss his new report about the prospects of North Korea's Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

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Monday, November 17: History, Politics, and Policy in the U.S.-Korea Alliance (Washington, DC)

On November 17, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings will host a conference discussing the relationship between history and U.S. policy toward Korea. The event will feature a series of roundtable discussions among historians and policy practitioners representing a wide range of expertise and institutional knowledge. These “comparative conversations” will provide analysis of other country cases of political division and reconciliation. Historical analysis of different regional powers’ approaches to peninsular reunification and a comparative exploration of U.S. approaches on human rights toward both Koreas and other countries will conclude the conference.

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Friday, November 14: Tailored Engagement: Toward an Effective and Sustainable Inter-Korean Relations Policy (Stanford, CA)

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies will host Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub, who will present their study of "Tailored Engagement: Toward an Effective and Sustainable Inter-Korean Relations Policy."

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Friday, November 14: Sanctions Fact and Sanctions Fiction (New York City)

The Korea Society will host Former UN Panel of Experts member William Newcomb, as he explains sanctions on North Korea, the current momentum for and against sanctions in the UN system and U.S. government, and effectiveness or lack thereof. Newcomb recalls the Banco Delta Asia process impeding financial transactions, reflects on the Panama interdictions, and speaks to the realities of China’s repeated blocks in more recent sanction efforts.

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Thursday, November 13: Screen of Documentary Film "Divided Families" (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

The Korea Institute of Harvard University will host a screening of "Divided Families," a documentary about families separated due to the Korean War. Following the screen will be a discussion with Jason Ahn, the director and executive producer and Jieun Baek, the producer of the film.

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Wednesday, November 12: A Changing North Korea (Berkeley, California)

The Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley will host Andray Abrahamian, the Executive Director of the Choson Exchange for a discussion on developments in North Korea's economic and social relations.

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Tuesday, November 11: International Human Rights: North Korea, China and the UN (New York City)

HRNK, NYU School of Law, the Hurford Foundation, CFR's Winston Lord Roundtable on US Foreign Policy and the Rule of Law in Asia, Humanity in Action, and The New York Democracy Forum will co-sponsor an event on November 11, 2014 at the NYU School of Law's Greenberg Lounge from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Speakers will include Jerome Cohen, Greg Scarlatoiu, Stephen Bosworth, Charles Armstrong, Myung-Soo Lee, Roberta Cohen, Melanie Kirkpatrick, Philip Alston, David Hawk, Ryan Goodman, Donald Gregg, and Winston Lord.

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Friday, November 7: Rights and Wrongs: The Analysts (New York City)

The Korea Society will host Sung-Yoon Lee, professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's Kim Koo-Korea Foundation, Professor Lee will address developments in the half-year since the release of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry’s historic report on human rights abuses in North Korea. Lee, who has appeared frequently in the The New York Times and on PBS, argues for an uptick in ROK and international commitment to counter rights abuses and explores the issue of accountability for Korean unification.

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Friday, November 7: Combating Illegal Nuclear Trade: CNS to Release New Report (Washington, DC)

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies will feature Leonard Spector and Egle Murauskaite, who will present their report titled "Countering Nuclear Commodity Smuggling: A System of Systems." The report calls on the United States and other concerned countries to adopt tighter controls to stem the flow of nuclear-related goods to Iran, North Korea, and other states of proliferation concern. Even modest improvements across the spectrum of today’s nuclear technology controls could greatly strengthen overall international efforts to constrain illicit nuclear procurement networks, the study found.

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Thursday, November 6: The North Korean Human Rights Conundrum (New York City)

Columbia University's Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for the Korean Research and the APEC Study Center will host Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, as he discusses North Korea's human rights issues.

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Thursday, November 6: The Great Rapprochement: Strategic Relations in Asia (Washington, D.C.)

The International Institute for Strategic Studies will host Christian Le Mière, who will examine changes in Asia’s strategic relations ahead of the APEC summit and after a variety of low-key visits and meetings among diplomats of the region. The possibility and implications of a potential bilateral meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing will be a key landmark, but other events such as the unexpected visit to South Korea by North Korean officials, closed-door Japanese-Korean discussion, Sino-Korean engagement and China’s conciliation in Southeast Asia also indicate subtly shifting currents in the region.

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Friday, October 31: Countering Sanctions: The Unequal Geographic Impact of Economic Sanctions in North Korea (Stanford, CA)

Recently, economic sanctions have not been effective in changing the behavior of a sanctioned country. Yong Suk Lee will speak at Stanford to examine how an autocratic regime domestically counters the impact of economic sanctions, specifically, how the easing and tightening of sanctions impact the urban areas relative to the hinterlands in North Korea. Using the satellite luminosity data, he argues sanctions that fail to change the autocrat's behavior increase inequality at a cost to the already marginalized hinterlands. Economist Yong Suk Lee has been appointed the SK Center Fellow at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), effective Sept. 1, 2014. Lee will join the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC).

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Friday, October 31: Moving to a North Korea Endgame? (New York City)

The Korea Society hosts Columbia University Senior Research Scholar Sue Mi Terry speaks about her recent Foreign Affairs article A Korea Whole and Free, which advocates a push toward Korean unification. Terry weighs reactions to the piece in Seoul, Pyongyang, and Washington and whether we are approaching an endgame on the Korean Peninsula.

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Tuesday, October 28: Envisioning Korean Unification: Concepts and Theories (Washington, D.C.)

The SFS Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University and the Global Peace Foundation will host a meaningful discussion on Korean unification. The discussion will feature Dr. Victor Cha, Director of Asian Studies and D.S. Song-KF Professor of Government & International Affairs, Georgetown University, Mr. Michael Marshall, editor of "The Korean Dream: A Vision for Korean Unification," and Dr. Jin Shin, President of the Institute for Peace Affairs at Chungnam National University.

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Tuesday, October 28: Negotiating with North Korea: Proliferation, Peninsular Stability, Power Consolidation (Cambridge, MA)

John Park, Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School will speak at a lecture co-sponsored by the Korea Institute and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Friday, October 24: Rising Tensions in East Asia? (Washington, DC)

Hosted by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, this conference will seek to inform and expand the ongoing transatlantic debate about China, Japan, and South Korea. AICGS has already initiated dialogue between German and Northeast Asian experts from civil society and is now adding the U.S. perspective on the political, economic, and historical dimensions to rising tensions in East Asia.

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