U.S., South & North Korea: What the Future Holds

Monday, February 24, 2014 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
McCord Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Dallas Hall (map)


Korea 2014


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Victor Cha, D.S. Song Chair for Government and Internatioanl Affairs & Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University

Victor D. Cha (Ph.D. Columbia, MA Oxford, BA Columbia) is director of Asian Studies and holds the D.S. Song Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In 2009, he was named as Senior Adviser and the inaugural holder of the new Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He left the White House in May 2007 after serving since 2004 as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council. At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing, and received two Outstanding Service commendations during his tenure at the NSC. He is the author of five books: 1) Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize), 2) Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press, 2004 with Dave Kang), 3) Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (Columbia, 2009); 4) The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (HarperCollins, 2012); and 5) Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, forthcoming). His newest book, The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (released April 2012 by HarperCollins Ecco), was selected by Foreign Affairs as a best book of 2012 on the Asia-Pacific.


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David Kang, Professor of International Relations and Business & Director of the Korean Studies Institute, University of Southern California

David C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia University Press, 2010). Kang is also author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (co-authored with Victor Cha). A regular consultant for U.S. government agencies, Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and appears regularly in media such as CNN, BBC, and NPR. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.


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Han Park, Professor of International Affairs & Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues, University of Georgia

Dr. Han S. Park is University Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia. Among his many achievements, he was awarded the 2010 Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize. As an accomplished scholar, he has provided a phenomenological perspective on North Korea through his publications such as North Korea: The Politics of Unconventional Wisdom (2002) and North Korea Demystified (2012). As an active mediator, he was instrumental in the release of American journalists from North Korea in 2009 and the reopening of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in August 2013. As an expert analyst, Dr. Park appeared regularly on major global media outlets, including CNN, Aljazeera, ABC News, BBC, NHK, KBS, and his analyses have been widely quoted throughout the world. He is currently an ABC News Consultant/Analyst.


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Joshua Rovner, John G. Tower Chair for International Politics and National Security & Director of Studies for Tower Center for Political Studies, SMU

Joshua Rovner is the John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Professor of International Politics and National Security, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies. Before coming to SMU, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College, and he also taught at Columbia University and Williams College. Dr. Rovner writes extensively on strategy and security.  His recent book, Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011), is a wide-ranging study about how leaders use and misuse intelligence.  Rovner’s book combines a new theory of intelligence with a deep historical analysis of critical moments in U.S. foreign policy, including key decisions about the wars in Vietnam and Iraq.  Widely praised by reviewers, Fixing the Facts won the International Studies Association Best Book Award for security studies, and the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, presented by the Mershon Center at Ohio State University. Rovner’s research interests also include international relations theory, nuclear weapons, grand strategy, and U.S. defense policy.  He has written on intelligence before and after the September 11 attacks, strategy in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and possible responses to nuclear proliferation. In addition to his continuing research on intelligence, he is currently working on issues relating to U.S. force posture in the Persian Gulf, the theory and history of counterinsurgency, and contemporary deterrence theory. A frequent public speaker, Rovner seeks to encourage a wide-ranging discussion on the issues of force and war.  He also seeks to promote close collaboration between political scientists and historians.  As reviews editor for The Journal of Strategic Studies, he has deliberately brought together scholars from different disciplines in order to encourage work that is both theoretically rigorous and historically rich. Dr. Rovner received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his doctoral thesis won the Lucian W. Pye Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Political Science.  He also holds an MA in political science from Boston College and a BA in political science from U.C. San Diego.


This event is free and open to the public. Reservations required.