February 16 – The Next Era for North Korea: Can Kim Jong-Un Survive? – Implications for the United States

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095
To RSVP: RSVP to Bennett Ramberg by February 15, 11 AM with your selection of $35 dinner/$39 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $11.
For more information: Contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170

THE TOPIC: The Next Era for North Korea: Can Kim Jong-Un Survive? – Implications for the United States The death of Kim Jong-il and the rise of the third generation of Kims poses a number of questions about whether the regime can survive and what direction its foreign and domestic policies might take. North Korea also presents numerous challenges for the international community, from its nuclear and missile programs to its closed economic system and continual human rights abuses of its citizens. This talk will explore the current situation on the peninsula and implications for the United States and Northeast Asia.

THE SPEAKER: DAVID KANG is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia University Press, 2010). He is also author of Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003). Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security. Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, theWashington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.

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