Negotiating Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Security & Human Rights in the Balance

Forum on International Affairs (FIA)

One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street Northwest, 11th Floor, Room 1117, Washington, DC 20001

March 28, 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Now that the second Trump-Kim Jong-un summit in Vietnam ended without any agreement, the situation on the Korean Peninsula has the potential to escalate or negotiations at various levels could continue. There is lingering ambiguity over what denuclearization means, the possibility of an “end of war declaration,” and whether or not human rights in North Korea should be addressed during ongoing negotiations. In addition, the reactions and interests of China and Japan will have to be considered in whatever happens next.

Please join the Forum on International Affairs for a discussion that will analyze the multifaceted nature of the negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula.

*Please note this discussion is off the record and bring a government issued photo ID for the venue's security desk.*

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Rosa Park, Director of Programs and Editor at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)

Jenny Town, Research Analyst at the Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North”

Discussion Questions:

1. Why did the Hanoi Summit end without an agreement, and what are some scenarios for what happens next?

2. What expectations do the United States, North Korea, and South Korea have about denuclearization and establishing a “peace regime” on the Korean Peninsula?

3. What does an “end-of-war” declaration accomplish?

4. What are the pros and cons of scaling back U.S.-South Korea military exercises?

5. What are the sanctions that North Korea wants lifted, and under what conditions can sanctions relief be offered?

6. Should the human rights situation in North Korea be addressed in the context of the current negotiations, and how could this be done?

7. What are the interests and expectations of China and Japan, and how to they influence the negotiations?

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