Following the conclusion of the Biden administration’s North Korea policy review and the U.S.-ROK Summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Moon Jae-in, it is clear that both Washington and Seoul are looking for pragmatic diplomatic solutions to address the challenges presented by North Korea. The details of the Biden administration’s “calibrated and practical approach” remain closely held. However, any diplomatic strategy will have to overcome the challenges of a fraught history of negotiations with North Korea; the ongoing pandemic and Pyongyang’s response to it; and ongoing tensions in the U.S.-China relationship. What can the U.S. and South Korea do to jumpstart and sustain the kind of diplomacy and engagement outlined by Biden and Moon and how might regional and nongovernmental actors shape a more conducive diplomatic environment?
Join the National Committee on North Korea and the East Asia Foundation for a discussion on the challenges and opportunities in implementing a diplomacy-forward policy on North Korea, featuring Frank Aum, Eun-jung Lim, Chung-in Moon, and Susan Thornton, with moderation by Katharine Moon.
Mr. Frank Aum,
Senior Expert on North Korea, U.S. Institute of Peace
Dr. Eun-jung Lim,
Associate Professor at Division of International Studies, Kongju National University (KNU)
Dr. Chung-in Moon,
Chairman of the Sejong Institute,
Former Special Advisor to the ROK president for Unification and National Security Affairs
Ms. Susan A. Thornton,
Project Director of Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Former U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of East Asia and Pacific Affairs
Dr. Katharine Moon (moderator),
NCNK Advisory Committee,
Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College