Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: U.S.-Korea Relations and the State of U.S. Extended Nuclear Deterrence on the Korean Peninsula
July 29, 2020 ㅡ Asia Society Korea's Senior Contributor Mason Richey hosted an online roundtable with SungJoo Han, Asia Society Korea's board member, Duyeon Kim, Senior Advisor of the International Crisis Group, and Vipin Narang, Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT, to discuss the ongoing U.S.-Korea relations and the U.S.'s nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula.
About the Guest Speakers
Dr. SungJoo Han is a board member of Asia Society Korea, and the Chairman of the Korean American Association, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (AIPS) and the International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IpsiKor). He also serves as President Emeritus of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs and is a Professor Emeritus at Korea University. Prof. Han previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1993, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus in 1996, a member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide in 1999, Chairman of the East Asia Vision Group in 2000, and Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States in 2003. Dr. Han is a graduate of Seoul National University in 1962 and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970. Previously, he taught at City University of New York in 1970 and was a visiting Professor at Columbia University in 1986 and Stanford University in 1992. He was also a Distinguished Fellow at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1986. His English publications include Korean Diplomacy in an Era of Globalization (1995), Korea in a Changing World (1995), and Changing Values in Asia (1999). He has many publications in Korean, including Nam Gwa Puk, kurigo Sekye (The Two Koreas and the World) (2000).
Duyeon Kim is Senior Advisor for Northeast Asia and Nuclear Policy at the International Crisis Group. Her writings have appeared in leading publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and World Politics Review and her commentary appears in global media including CNN, BBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She is also a Columnist with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Previously, she was an Associate in the Nuclear Policy and Asia Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for Non-Proliferation at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Kim serves on the Board of Directors of the bilateral Korea-America Association, and as a member of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, the National Committee on North Korea, and the Fissile Materials Working Group.
Vipin Narang is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT and a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University in May 2010, where he was awarded the Edward M. Chase Prize for the best dissertation in international relations. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering with distinction from Stanford University and an M. Phil with Distinction in international relations from Balliol College, Oxford University, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been a fellow at Harvard University’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a predoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a Stanton junior faculty fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research interests include nuclear proliferation and strategy, South Asian security, and general security studies.
His first book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era (Princeton University Press, 2014) on the deterrence strategies of regional nuclear powers won the 2015 ISA International Security Studies Section Best Book Award. He is currently working on his second book, Strategies of Nuclear Proliferation (Princeton University Press, under contract), which explores how states pursue nuclear weapons. His work has been published in several journals including International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Washington Quarterly, and International Organization.
About the Moderator
Mason Richey is Asia Society Korea's Senior Contributor and an associate professor of international politics at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea). Dr. Richey has also held positions as a POSCO Visiting Research Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu, HI) and a DAAD Scholar at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on U.S. and European foreign and security policy as applied to the Asia-Pacific. Recent scholarly articles have appeared (inter alia) in Pacific Review, Asian Security, Global Governance, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Shorter analyses and opinion pieces have been published in War on the Rocks, Le Monde, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and Forbes, among other venues.
Dr. Richey received his Ph.D. from Binghamton University, New York.