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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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Thursday, October 23: Without You, There is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (New York City)

The Korea Society will host Suki Kim, who has written about North Korea for Harper's and The New York Review of Books. Ms. Kim will discuss her new book, "Without You, There is No Us," which chronicles her six month stay in North Korea, where she taught English to the sons of the North Korean elite at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology during the end of Kim Jong Il's reign.

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Thursday, October 23: The Korean Peninsula Issues and US National Security (Washington, DC)

The Institute for Corean-American Studies will host lectures by Scott Busby from the US Department of State, who will discuss North Korea's human rights issues, and Ken Gause, Director of International Affairs Group, who will discuss North Korea's leadership. A panel discussion on Korean Peninsula issues and US national security will follow.

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Wednesday, October 22: Outpost - Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir (Washington, DC)

The World Affairs Council will host Ambassador Christopher Hill, author of "Outpost - Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir," which discusses the highs and lows of serving the country as an ambassador.

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Wednesday, October 22: Awkward Engagement: Reflections on Doctors Without Borders' Work in North Korea (Washington, DC)

Please join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the US-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Sejong Society of Washington, DC, for an intimate discussion about MSF's experience negotiating and working with North Koreans in past decades. The panel will feature Laurence Binet, author of the soon to be released MSF and North Korea 1995-1998. She will be joined by MSF-USA Executive Director Sophie Delaunay, who was MSF's Head of Mission for assistance programs for North Korean refugees in Asia in the period directly following the program closure.

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Wednesday, October 22: Attack of the Drones: Responding to the Newest Type of Provocation (Washington, DC)

Join the Korea Economic Institute as it hosts Dr. Van Jackson, Council on Foreign Relations and Center for a New American Security, who will examine North Korea’s drone and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capacity while providing his recommendations on how the United States and South Korea should appropriately respond to avoid an escalation of military conflict. Dr. Jackson will, for the first time ever, present his framework on how to deal with future drone provocations.

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Dates of interest, November/December 2014

November 4: US Midterm elections.

November 10: APEC Summit convenes in Beijing

November 15-16: G20 Summit, Brisbane, Australia

November 18: UN General Assembly's Third Committee passes a resolution on human rights in North Korea

December 17: Anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il.

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