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This calendar lists public events about or related to North Korea. It focuses on events held in Washington, DC, although it will also list notable events held elsewhere in the US. The sidebar to the right notes dates of interest to Korea-watchers, such as high-level diplomatic summits, upcoming elections, and important anniversaries. If you have an event that you think should be included in the calendar, please contact us.


Monday, September 29: Tailored Engagement: Making Inter-Korean Relations Effective and Sustainable (Washington, DC)

Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036, from Sep 29, 2014 02:00 PM to Sep 29, 2014 04:00 PM

The Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings will host a discussion by Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub of Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) as they unveil their study on a new South Korean approach to engage North Korea. The authors will articulate a path for implementing “tailored engagement,” which requires increasing South Korea’s domestic consensus on North Korea and reorganizing South Korea’s official apparatus for dealing with Pyongyang. They also lay out basic principles that must be followed to ensure the policy’s sustainability in South Korea and with North Korea. John Merrill, former chief of the Northeast Asia Division of Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State, will comment on the presentations, and Katharine Moon, senior fellow and SK-Korea Foundation chair in Korea studies at Brookings, will moderate the discussion.

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Friday, October 3: Asian Architecture @ CSIS (Washington, DC)

Second Floor Conference Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, from Oct 03, 2014 08:30 AM to Oct 03, 2014 02:30 PM

The second annual Asian Architecture @ CSIS conference will bring together key thought leaders, business executives, and policymakers from the United States and Asia for a discussion of some of the most important issues ahead of the East Asia Summit (EAS) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forums in November. The conference will feature panelist discussions on economic, energy security and security issues in East Asia.

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Friday, October 3: Change in North Korea: Pyongyang Facade (Stanford, CA)

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall 616 Serra St., 3rd floor Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305, from Oct 03, 2014 12:00 PM to Oct 03, 2014 01:15 PM

Mike Cowin, the deputy head of mission at the British Embassy in Pyongyang, will speak at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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Thursday, October 9: The US Alliance System in Asia with a focus on Korea with Victor Cha (Los Angeles, CA)

Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 450, 3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA 90089, from Oct 09, 2014 02:00 PM to Oct 09, 2014 03:30 PM

Dr. Victor Cha will present at the University of Southern California on the US Alliance System in Asia, specifically focused on Korea.

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

Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, from Oct 28, 2014 12:30 PM to Oct 28, 2014 02:00 PM

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

Philippines Conference Room Encina Hall 616 Serra St., 3rd floor Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305, from Oct 31, 2014 12:00 PM to Oct 31, 2014 01:15 PM

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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