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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.

Wednesday, October 22: Japan - North Korea Rapprochement: Dare to Dream or Doomed to Fail? (Washington, DC)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20036, from Oct 22, 2014 10:30 AM to Oct 22, 2014 12:00 PM

The Cargnegie Endowment for International Peace will host Junya Nishino, Scott Snyder and James L. Schoff for a talk and discussion about recent developments in Japan-North Korea relations and near-term prospects and the impact of these events on Japan's relations with Washington and Seoul.

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

KEI Conference Facility, 1800 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006, from Oct 22, 2014 02:00 PM to Oct 22, 2014 03:30 PM

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

Rome Auditorium at SAIS 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036, from Oct 22, 2014 06:00 PM to Oct 22, 2014 08:00 PM

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

UCDC, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, from Oct 22, 2014 06:30 PM to Oct 22, 2014 08:00 PM

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

Rayburn Office Building Room B318, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, 20515, from Oct 23, 2014 01:15 PM to Oct 23, 2014 04:30 PM

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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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, 950 Third Avenue, 8th floor. Entrance on 57th street, from Oct 23, 2014 06:30 PM to Oct 23, 2014 08:30 PM

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

Kenney Auditorium at SAIS 1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, from Oct 24, 2014 10:25 AM to Oct 24, 2014 04:00 PM

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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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: Moving to a North Korea Endgame? (New York City)

The Korea Society, 950 Third Avenue, 8th floor. Entrance on 57th street, from Oct 31, 2014 11:15 AM to Oct 31, 2014 01:00 PM

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

180 Doe Memorial Library, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94704, from Nov 12, 2014 12:00 PM to Nov 12, 2014 02:00 PM

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

Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, from Nov 13, 2014 04:30 PM to Nov 13, 2014 06:00 PM

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

The Korea Society, 950 Third Avenue, 8th floor. Entrance on 57th street, from Nov 14, 2014 11:30 AM to Nov 14, 2014 02:00 PM

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

The International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW, from Nov 20, 2014 06:30 PM to Nov 20, 2014 08:30 PM

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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Friday, November 24: Rifts and Binds: Assessing North Korea-China Relations (New York City)

The Korea Society, 950 Third Avenue, 8th floor. Entrance on 57th street, from Nov 21, 2014 11:30 AM to Nov 21, 2014 02:00 PM

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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