William Perry on North Korea

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13, 2007 - North Korea Program Lunchtime Keynote: The Honorable William Perry at the Asia Society Northern California in San Francisco.

The former US secretary of Defense discusses the nuclear question in North Korea. 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.

Introduced by Robert Scalapino, Professor emeritus and former director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, who 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.