Jul. 25 – North Korea and Iran – Paths Toward Peace

Saturday, July 25th, 10 am – 2 pm
Southwestern Law School in the Salle Moderne (5th floor)
3050 Wilshire Boulevard
RSVP: Denise Duffield, [email protected], (213) 689-9170, ext. 102
Parking is available for $6 in the main lot accessible from Wilshire Place. Street parking may also be available.

Physicians and health professionals are invited to join PSR-LA’s Peace and Security Ambassadors on Saturday, July 25th for:

North Korea and Iran – Paths Toward Peace

An in-depth discussion of the conflicts and nuclear threats in North Korea and Iran and what we as health professionals can do to promote diplomatic solutions.

Featured speakers include:

David Kang, PhD, Professor of International Relations and Business, and director of the Korean Studies Institute at USC, will discuss the current conflict with North Korea and what policy options might lead to peaceful resolutions. Joining Dr. Kang will be Leif-Eric Easley, a Ph.D. candidate specializing in East Asia international relations at the Harvard University Department of Government.

Rebecca Griffin, Political Director of PeaceAction West, will discuss her recent trip to Iran and advocacy efforts to promote diplomacy with Iran.

PSR-LA’s Peace and Security Ambassador program is designed to educate physician and health professionals on security issues and provide skills training on how to be effective advocates with policymakers, the media, their peers, and the general public.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Denise Duffield at 213-689-9170 ext. 102.

david-kang David Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business, and director of the Korean Studies Institute, at the University of Southern California. Kang is author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003). He has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, as well as opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous Korean and Chinese newspapers. Kang is also a regular consultant for both multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies, such as the CIA, National Intelligence Council, and the State Department. Professor Kang was previously Professor of Government and Adjunct Professor at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Yale University, Seoul National University, Korea University, and the University of Geneva. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.

leif-eric-heasleyLeif-Eric Easley is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in East Asia international relations at the Harvard University Department of Government. His dissertation presents a theory of national identity, government-to-government trust, and security cooperation applied to relations among South Korea, Japan, China and the United States. Mr. Easley’s research includes extensive fieldwork in Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute, and a Kelly Fellow with the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Mr. Easley completed his BA in Political Science with a minor in mathematics at UCLA where he graduated summa cum laude and senior of the year with a thesis on Theater Missile Defense in East Asia. He was a long-time affiliate of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and was Japan area editor for the Harvard Asia Quarterly. He served as a teaching fellow at Harvard in the subjects of Asian International Relations and American Foreign Policy and was advisor for a senior thesis on historical memory and foreign policy in Asia.

rebecca-griffin Rebecca Griffin is Political Director for Peace Action West, and currently is heading up campaigns to get Afghanistan right, and promote a diplomatic solution with Iran. While at Peace Action West, Ms. Griffin has traveled extensively throughout the western states organizing with community leaders and citizens, meeting with members of Congress, and educating congressional candidates about pragmatic and peaceful solutions to our greatest foreign policy challenges. She has spearheaded campaigns to work toward nuclear disarmament, end the war in Iraq, and promote diplomacy with Iran. In May 2009, Ms. Griffin traveled to Iran with a grassroots diplomacy delegation to build people to people relationships and mobilize support for diplomacy between the US and Iran. Ms. Griffin graduated from the University of New Hampshire and has worked at Peace Action West since 2003. While at UNH, her political activism focused on abolishing modern-day slavery, including an internship, campus organizing and a senior thesis on slavery in war-torn Sudan. In 2002, Rebecca received an undergraduate research grant to travel to Italy and study the persecution of the Romani population.

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