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North Korea: What Can The International Community Do?

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In December 2011, the young and inexperienced Kim Jong Un became the new Supreme Leader of North Korea, inheriting a nation beset by famine, poverty, and isolation abroad. Despite early hopes of reform, Kim quickly went on to test a nuclear weapon, purge and/or execute top officials in his government, conduct ballistic missile tests, and provoke border skirmishes in the region. Moreover, the release of the U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea report in March 2014 called unprecedented attention to the ongoing human rights and humanitarian abuses in the country. Asia Society is pleased to bring together defectors, human rights and humanitarian aid experts, and international security specialists for a conference to take a new look at the challenges posed by North Korea and consider what the international community can do.

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. A Secret Society: Life Inside North Korea

Thomas B. Gold
, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (moderator)
Michael Kirby, Chairman, U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK
Lee Seong Min, DPRK defector
Hannah Song, President and CEO, Liberty in North Korea
Katharina Zellweger, former North Korea country director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

6:00 - 6:15 p.m. Break
6:15 - 7:30 p.m An Elusive Peace: North Korea and the International Community

Chun Yungwoo
, Chairman, The Korean Peninsula Future Forum; former National Security Advisor of South Korea
Robert King, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
Michael Kirby, Chairman, U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK
Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society (moderator)

7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Reception & Networking


Presented in partnership with: 


Promotional Co-sponsors:
Center for Korean Studies, U.C. Berkeley, East West Center Association -- Northern California Chapter,  Human Rights WatchInstitute for East Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley, Japan Policy Research Institute, Korean American Professional SocietyLiberty in North Korea (LINK), The Asia FoundationWorld Affairs Council of Northern CaliforniaThe Committee for Human Rights in North Korea


Event Details

Tue 3 Jun 2014
4:30pm - 7:30pm

500 Washington Street
San Francisco CA 94111
(Bechtel Conference Center)

$10 Asia Society/Co-Sponsor Members/Students; $15 Non-Members