[WEBINAR] Asymmetric Weapons and the Korean Peninsula: Conflict Potential and Countermeasures
June 25, 2021 ㅡ Asia Society Korea hosted a webinar on North Korean asymmetric capabilities with Dr. Youngjun Kim, Professor of the National Security College at the Korea National Defense University, Dr. Sangho Lee, Professor of International Politics and Strategy in the Department of Political Science at Daejeon University, and Dr. Dan Pinkston, lecturer in International Relations at Troy University.
The panel discussed a range of issues from what we know about Pyongyang's capabilities today to why the regime develops asymmetric weapons to effective deterrence strategy and countermeasures against such capabilities. The conversation was moderated by Mason Richey, Asia Society Korea's senior contributor and associate professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
About the Guest Speakers
Dr. Young-jun Kim is a Professor of the National Security College and a Director of Center for Northeast Asian Affairs and Center for North Korean Affairs at Research Institute for National Security Affairs (RINSA) of the Korea National Defense University (KNDU). He is a member of the National Security Advisory Board for the Republic of Korea President’s Office (the Blue House). His recent publications include Origins of the North Korean Garrison State: People’s Army and the Korean War at Routledge (2017). He is a policy advisor on North Korean issues for the National Security Office of the ROK President’s Office, the National Assembly, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of National Defense (MND), Ministry of Unification, National Intelligence Service, the Joint Chief of Staff and the ROK-US Combined Forces Command. He is a managing editor of the new journal "The Korean Journal of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Energy" sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Executive Director for the Korea Nuclear Policy Society, Korean Political and Diplomatic History Association, Korea Political Science Association, and Korea Defense Policy Association.
Dr. Sangho Lee is a Professor of Politics and Diplomacy at Daejon University, Korea. He previously served as Assistant Administrator of the Republic of Korea Navy Development Committee and as Chairman of the Korea Cyber Peace and Security Forum. He is currently Vice President of The Korea Association of National Intelligence Studies. Prior to Daejon University and the ROK Navy, Dr. Lee was a researcher in the Department of Security Strategy Studies at the Sejong Institute and a research fellow at Korea Research Institute for Strategy (KRIS).
He was a researcher at Centre for Defence Studies and reported to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the British Armed Forces while undertaking teaching responsibilities at King's College London. Previously, he also served as an Adjunct Professor at Gyeonggi University and Hannam University.
Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London, MA in Political Science from Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies, and BA in International Relations from St. John’s University.
Daniel A. Pinkston
Dr. Daniel A. Pinkston is based in Seoul as a full-time lecturer in international relations with Troy University. Previously he was the Northeast Asia Deputy Project Director for the International Crisis Group in Seoul, and the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Pinkston received his Ph.D. in international affairs from the University of California, San Diego, and he has a master’s degree in Korean studies from Yonsei University. He is the author of The North Korean Ballistic Missile Program, and he has published several scholarly articles on North Korean WMD and Korean security affairs. He also served as a Korean linguist in the U.S. Air Force.
About the Moderator
Dr. Mason Richey is a senior contributing writer to Asia Society Korea 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.