Crisis in North Korea: Free Town Hall | Commonwealth Club
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Submitted by the Event Organizer
Join a free town hall on the current crisis in North Korea at the Commonwealth Club’s San Francisco office on April 8, 2013.
Free, but RSVP is required.
North Korea shocked the world when it recently threatened nuclear war with the U.S. and announced it was severing the armistice signed in 1953 signifying the end of the Korean War. What does this threat mean for the U.S., and particularly for those living on the West Coast?
Experts well acquainted with North Korea weigh in on both the political climate and military threat in the short as well as the long term. Please bring your questions.
Speakers will include:
- Philip Yun is the Executive Director & COO of the Ploughshares Fund in San Francisco, and has a long history of working with Asian political security issues, as well as with numerous organizations such as the Asia Foundation which he served as Vice President of Resource Development. Mr. Yun is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University School of Law.
- David Straub is the Associate Director of the Korean Studies Program at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and focuses on U.S.-South Korean relations, and is also a member of the New Beginnings policy research group on U.S.-South Korean relations. Beforehand, Straub was a U.S. Department of State senior Foreign Service officer that spanned 30 years in Northeast Asia.
- Dr. Gloria Duffy served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, negotiating nuclear and chemical arms pacts with the countries of the former Soviet Union. Among her accomplishments, she negotiated 50 agreements with the governments of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan, through which they agreed to give up the several thousand nuclear weapons on their territories and become non-nuclear weapons states, signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Dr. Duffy, who earned her M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, also worked as US Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction.