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Tuesday, May 19: ICAS Spring Symposium (Washington, DC)

Several speakers and panelists will discuss U.S. security concerns related to the Korean Peninsula and East Asia.

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Monday, May 18: Revisiting Korea-Japan Relations (Washington, DC)

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies cordially invites you to an Asan Seminar: “Revisiting Korea-Japan Relations” in conjunction with the release of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Washington, D.C. South Korea and Japan are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also US allies. However, despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have driven a wedge between them. Drawing on decades of expertise, Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder investigate the roots of this split and its ongoing threat to the region and the world.

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Thursday, May 14: Nuclear Non-proliferation and U.S.-ROK Relations: An International History, 1969–1981 (Cambridge, MA)

How was South Korea able to pursue its nuclear weapons program in the 1970s? Was U.S. coercive diplomacy the primary driver leading to South Korea's decision to abandon the weapons program? This seminar at Harvard University's Belfer Center examines South Korea's nuclear weapons program and U.S. non-proliferation efforts from the Nixon to the Carter Administrations in the broader context of international nuclear history.

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Thursday, May 14: Russia and the Korean Peninsula: Policy and Investment Implications (Washington, DC)

Bringing together leading experts and academics, this CSIS forum will examine both the important policy and investment implications for Russia and the Korean peninsula with a particular focus on regional integration, energy and infrastructure investment, and diplomacy. This event is in cooperation with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and is on the record and open to the public.

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Wednesday, May 13: Prospects for Passing Tougher Sanctions and Stemming Money Flows that Sustain the North Korean Regime (Washington, DC)

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and The International Bar Association (IBA) are pleased to invite you to attend a lunchtime panel entitled “Prospects for Passing Tougher Sanctions and Stemming Money Flows that Sustain the North Korean Regime” on MAY 13 (Wednesday) from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at Miller & Chevalier (655 15th St NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC).

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Tuesday, May 12: Human Rights and North Korea's Overseas Laborers: Dilemmas and Policy Challenges (Washington, DC)

The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) are co-hosting a conference on the human rights conditions of North Korean laborers. NKDB researchers, KEI staff and other prominent North Korean and human rights specialists will gather together for presentation and discussion of the severe labor rights and basic human rights violations faced by North Korean laborers overseas. Additional information will be provided by a North Korean defector, who worked for about 2 years overseas, and will share his witness testimony with the audience.

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Thursday, May 14: Opening Pyongyang: Korea and Media Perceptions (New York, NY)

The Korea Society will host Jean Lee, who in 2011 became the first American reporter granted permission to work as a journalist in North Korea, and a year later opened AP's Pyongyang bureau, making the news agency the first and only US news outlet with an office in the North Korean capital. Lee, who now serves as a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., shares photos and videos of homes, factories, schools and farms typically off-limits to foreigners, and offers her personal insights on daily life in North Korea. The award-winning journalist discusses the challenges of reporting on a country considered among the world's worst for press freedom, the role her Korean-American ethnicity played in her interactions with the North Koreans, and her observations on reunification after working as a journalist on both sides of the DMZ.

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Friday, May 8: What Decision Should Korea Make in 2017? Korean Politics and the Next Presidental Election (Cambridge, MA)

The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a talk with Hyong-O Kim, Republic of Korea’s former Speaker of the National Assembly

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Thursday, April 30: People with Disabilities in a Changing North Korea (New York)

Katharina Zellweger, former North Korea country director for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, discusses current research on the issue of people with disabilities in North Korean society. Ms. Zellweger, who first visited the DPRK over 20 years ago, worked in North Korea from 2006-2011 on humanitarian aid and development assistance.

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Wednesday, April 29: North Korea’s Forced Labor Enterprise: A State-Sponsored Marketplace in Human Trafficking (Washington, DC)

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s provision of forced labor to foreign governments through bilateral contracts.

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Tuesday, April 28: Maintaining Focus on North Korea Human Rights Violations (Washington, DC)

A year ago, the UN Commission of Inquiry condemned the North Korea government for “systemic, widespread, and gross violations of human rights” of such a monumental scale as to constitute crimes against humanity. The commission report shocked and energized the international community to action on North Korean human rights abuses. But what can be done to maintain U.S. and U.N. focus on improving conditions for the North Korean people? Join the Heritage Foundation as distinguished panels of North Korean defectors and human rights experts discuss potential follow-on actions.

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Tuesday, April 21: Book Launch—Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future (Washington, DC)

Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future critically examines the key assumptions and driving forces behind today’s global nuclear nonproliferation activity. Please join author Henry Sokolski, Ambassador Robert Gallucci, and former Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim for a luncheon and panel discussion to review findings from the book and discuss current trends in nuclear security.

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Tuesday, April 21: China's Policy Toward Korean Peninsula Unification (Washington, DC)

Please join us for a roundtable discussion on China-South Korea cooperation agenda on North Korea policy. This event is co-hosted by the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and is on the record and open to the public.

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Saturday, April 18: THiNK Annual Conference - North Korea in Review: One Year after the COI (Washington, DC)

Join Georgetown Truth and Human Rights in North Korea (THiNK) on Saturday, April 18th for its second annual intercollegiate conference on North Korea related issues. The conference will feature remarks by the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights, Ambassador Robert King, a keynote address by Suzanne Scholte of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, an expert speaker panel, and opportunities to interact with North Korean defectors and leaders. Food will be served.

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Tuesday, April 28: Maintaining Focus on North Korea Human Rights Violations

A year ago, the UN Commission of Inquiry condemned the North Korea government for “systemic, widespread, and gross violations of human rights” of such a monumental scale as to constitute crimes against humanity. The commission report shocked and energized the international community to action on North Korean human rights abuses. But what can be done to maintain U.S. and U.N. focus on improving conditions for the North Korean people? Join the Heritage Foundation as distinguished panels of North Korean defectors and human rights experts discuss potential follow-on actions.

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Friday, April 17: Huessy Congressional Breakfast Seminar Series on Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense (Washington, DC)

Join the Huessy Congressional Breakfast Seminar Series on Nuclear Deterrence and Missile Defense for a seminar discussing US nuclear deterrence and North Korean sanctions.

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Thursday, April 16:Options for Dealing with North Korea: More Patience or Engagement? (Washington, DC)

The United States and South Korea find themselves at a crossroads in managing policy towards North Korea. With the Six Party Talks dormant and a growing concern that North Korea is advancing its nuclear program unchecked, there is much distrust on the peninsula. At the same time, economic engagement has faced challenges with North Korea continuing to make unilateral changes at the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

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Tuesday, April 14: U.S. Defense Policy Issues Pertaining to the Asia-Pacific Theater (Washington, DC)

Agenda: To receive testimony on U.S. defense policy issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific theater.

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Wednesday, April 1: Is Iran the new North Korea? Lessons from the Agreed Framework (Washington, DC)

America has engaged in off-and-on nuclear negotiations with North Korea for more than 20 years. The talks, resulting in the 1994 Agreed Framework, may have slowed Pyongyang’s weapons program, but they have not prevented North Korea from testing nuclear weapons or declaring itself a nuclear power. Now, Washington is engaged in negotiations with another would-be nuclear power: Iran.

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