North Korea's emergence as a nuclear state poses dramatic new challenges to South Korea, the U.S., and the broader Asia-Pacific region. Please join us as experts from the U.S., South Korea, Japan, and China share their views on what has happened in North Korea in recent years and how the U.S. and its allies can best respond. The North's nuclear test on October 9th sent shock waves throughout the region, but its October 31st decision to resume the six-party talks over its nuclear program has encouraged a measure of hope.
North Korea has reportedly reaffirmed its pledge to give up nuclear weapons programs in exchange for energy supplies and security guarantees. What steps can be taken to achieve this? What, if anything, would it take for the North to denuclearize? What will be the consequences if it does not?
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William J. Perry was the nineteenth United States secretary of defense, serving from February 1994 to January 1997. His previous government experience was as deputy secretary of defense (1993-94) and undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (1977-81).
Perry, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering and the Institute for International Studies, where he is codirector of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of Stanford and Harvard Universities. His previous academic experience includes professor (halftime) at Stanford from 1988 to 1993, when he was the codirector of the Center for International Security and Arms Control.
N. Bruce Pickering
N. Bruce Pickering has been the executive director of Asia Society's Northern California Center since 2003, with a background in government, non-profit organizations and academia.
Previously, he was director of public affairs and development at the graduate school of journalism and special assistant to the director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as program director of the World Affairs Council (1997-1999) and executive director of the U.S. Japan 21st Century Project.
Earlier in his career, he served as a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, specializing in Political and Arms Control issues (1981-1993), and was deputy political counsel on the U.S. delegation to the Conference on security and cooperation in Vienna during the collapse of the Soviet Union (1988-1992).
He serves as executive director of the California State Assembly International Relations Foundation Board.
Dr. Robert Scalapino
Dr. Robert Scalapino is the Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor emeritus and former director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Scalapino was also the editor of Asian Survey from 1962 to 1995.
One of the foremost experts on Asia and U.S. political and security interests in the Far East, he is the founder and first chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He has also served on the advisory committee on international studies of The Hoover Institution and the contemporary affairs committee of The Asia Society.
His many honors include Japan's Order of the Sacred Treasure, the Heung-In medal from the government of Korea, and the Japan Society of Northern California's award of honor. A director emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, he continues to serve on the boards of the Asia Foundation, the Pacific Forum, and the Atlantic Council.
He is the author of books and monographs and over 550 articles.