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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.


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

Mortara Building, Converence Room; 36th and N Sts NW, from Nov 20, 2014 06:15 PM to Nov 20, 2014 07:45 PM

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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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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