Dr. David Straub
will speak on
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula:
What Is Really Going On?
Earlier this year, North Korea tested a nuclear device and threatened a preemptive nuclear strike on the United States. Although tensions have eased since then, the Pyongyang regime is continuing its nuclear weapons and missile programs, with the apparent aim of being able to lend credibility to its threats. What does North Korea really want? What is it likely to do in the future? How should the United States respond? David Straub, associate director of Korean studies at Stanford University and a former director of Korean affairs at the U.S. Department of State, will guide us through this maze of North Korean politics and their implications for the future.
Dr.. Straub has been associate director of Korean studies at Stanford University since 2008, where he researches and teaches about current Korean Peninsula strategic issues. From 1976 to 2006, he was a career diplomat and one of the Department of State’s top Korea experts. He worked six years at the American embassy in Seoul, directed the Department’s office of Korean affairs, and played a key role in the early Six Party Talks in Beijing on ending North Korea’s nuclear program. He has been to Pyongyang five times, including the 2009 visit by former President Bill Clinton to retrieve two imprisoned American journalists. Mr. Straub is a frequent commentator in leading American, Korean, and other international media on the North Korea problem.
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Time: Social Hour 5:30 – Announcements & Dinner 6:15 – Speaker and Discussion 7:00
Location: Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews