When: Thursday, January 13, 2011, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
Contact
: RSVP to bennettramberg@aol.com by January 12, 11am with your selection of $33 dinner/$38 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 $10.

SEMINAR TOPIC: PREPARING FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A NORTH KOREAN COLLAPSE North Korea’s escalating provocations reflect a level of instability in North Korea. This instability is exacerbated by the dynastic succession now apparently planned to Kim Jong-Il’s youngest son, Kim Jong-Un (27), who lacks the preparation his father had. While the North Korean regime may yet survive for a decade or more, it could also collapse in the coming years. And such a collapse could lead to serious consequences for all countries in the region. This presentation examines some of the potential consequences of a collapse and the preparations that could help mitigate those consequences.

THE SPEAKER:

Bruce W. Bennett is the research leader for strategy, force planning, and counterproliferation within The RAND Corporation’s International Security and Defense Policy Center. His work applies military simulation and analysis, war gaming, risk management, deterrence-based strategy, and competitive strategies. He specializes in “asymmetric threats” such as weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and how to counter those threats with new strategies, operational concepts, and technologies. He is also an expert in Northeast Asian military issues, having visited the region some 75 times and written much about Korean security issues. His regional research has addressed issues such as future ROK military force requirements, the Korean military balance, counters to North Korean chemical and biological weapon threats in Korea and Japan, dealing with a North Korean collapse, and deterrence of nuclear threats (including strengthening the US nuclear umbrella). He has worked with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, US Forces Korea and Japan, the US Pacific Command and Central Command, the ROK and Japanese militaries, and the ROK National Assembly. Dr. Bennett received a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a B.S. in economics from the California Institute of Technology.

Organized and sponsored by PSR-LA, Michael Intriligator (Professor of Economics, Political Science and Public Policy, UCLA and former Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; Senior Fellow Milken Institute), and Bennett Ramberg (Seminar Director, is a former State Department policy analyst) and the much appreciated financial support of Richard Bernard, Jack Kaufman, Armin Satoff, Don and Judy Broder, Jack and Valerie Melmed, William E. Perkins, and an anonymous donor.

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