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Lund Debate: How Should We Engage with North Korea?

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Alice Statler Auditorium
7 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

North Korea's nuclear program is an issue of critical international concern. The country’s nuclear weapons and missile systems are capable of doing devastating damage to nations both near and far. Now North Korean president Kim Jong-Un is meeting with leaders of other countries. How should those leaders approach these talks? What are the risks? What are the stakes?

The latest in the Einaudi Center’s Lund Critical Debates Series features Ambassador Soo-Hyuck Lee, former head of South Korea’s delegation to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea, and Sue Mi Terry, a longtime veteran of the U.S. intelligence services and a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Einaudi Center director Hirokazu Miyazaki will moderate.

This event is cosponsored by the East Asia Program. The Lund Critical Debates Series is supported by a gift from Judith Lund Biggs '57. 

Soo-Hyuck Lee is a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and a member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Unification. A former deputy foreign minister, ambassador to Germany, and first deputy director of the National Intelligence Service, he served as chair of the Korea Peninsula Economic Unification Committee and headed the Korean delegation to the Six-Party Talks on North Korea’s nuclear program from 2003 to 2005. Lee studied at the University of London and holds a master’s degree in international relations from Yonsei University in Seoul and a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University. He has held several university positions, including as a visiting fellow at Cornell in 2012, and until 2017 was a professor and dean at Dankook University.

Sue Mi Terry is senior fellow for Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She joined CSIS in 2017 after a long career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia working on Korean issues. Terry served as a senior Korea analyst at the CIA (2001-08); director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council (2008-09); deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council (2009-10); and National Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (2010-11). After leaving government, she worked at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute and BowerGroupAsia. She is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, BBC, PBS, Fox News, Bloomberg News, and NPR, and a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and other publications. She holds a PhD in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Hirokazu Miyazaki (moderator) is a professor of anthropology and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies at Cornell. He has published extensively on theories of exchange, futurity, and hope. As director of the Einaudi Center, Miyazaki is focused on strengthening the center's function as a cross-campus hub for Cornell’s interdisciplinary international research and education, and on increasing its impact beyond the university. He was recently named a “Peace Correspondent” by the city of Nagasaki in recognition of his work against nuclear weapons.



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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Asian Studies, Government, East Asia Program, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

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Soo-Hyuck Lee, Sue Mi Terry

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Republic of Korea National Assembly; Center for Strategic and International Studies

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