North Korea Talk Series: North Korea in Transition: Opening Lecture

February 22, 2019 - 6:00pm

The current détente between the U.S. and North Korea is a welcome change. Yet, will it prove to be more than just a fleeting moment? Many say North Korea will never give up its nuclear program. Are we just seeing more of the same? Or do we have an historic opportunity to make real change? This talk series brings together distinguished experts in the fields of policymaking and ternational relations to discuss challenges and possible areas of collaboration. Reaching beyond politics, this talk series also invites leading scholars in academic and cultural exchanges with North Korea to reflect on how non-political engagements can help North Korea’s integration into international society.

North Korea in Transition: Turning Point, Break Point, or Missed Opportunity?

Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

The establishment of high-level U.S.-NK dialogue has opened the way for talks on peace and denuclearization that - if successful - could potentially transform the security environment on the peninsula and in Northeast Asia. U.S.-DPRK talks also depend on and have consequences for the situation inside North Korea, the U.S.-ROK security alliance, and U.S.-China relations. This presentation will assess the U.S. and North Korean stakes in the talks, South Korea’s role, the regional security environment, and the relationship between the talks and the internal situation in North Korea.

Mr. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His program examines South Korea’s efforts to contribute on the international stage; its potential influence and contributions as a middle power in East Asia; and the peninsular, regional, and global implications of North Korean instability. Mr. Snyder is the author of South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers (2018) and Co-author of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States (2015). He is also the coeditor of North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society (2012), and the editor of Global Korea: South Korea’s Contributions to International Security (2012) and The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges (2012).



Location and Address

3911 Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh PA 15260