The Korean Peninsula Problem

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Join us on January 26, 2017 at 5:30pm the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living to hear David Straub offer his thoughts and opinions on the troubled Korean peninsula. Entitled, “The Korean Peninsula Problem: Back to Basics,” his talk will offer a historical sweep of the peninsula and bring us to the present day, with South Korea mired in a corruption and impeachment scandal, and North Korea making threatening noises yet again about ICBMs. What options are open to the United States and other concerned countries in addressing the Korean Peninsula Problem? Read this two-page primer on the issue to get you up to speed…

Who is David Straub? To find out, watch this youtube clip and then read this paper–full of excellent thoughts and recommendations for the incoming Trump administration.

David Straub is a researcher, educator, lecturer, and commentator on current Korean Peninsula affairs, particularly the North Korea problem and the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Straub had a thirty-year career in the Department of State focused on Northeast Asian affairs, including service as the director of Korean affairs at the headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2004.There he played a key role in the first three rounds of the Six Party Talks in Beijing to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. From 1999 to 2002, he headed the political affairs section of the American embassy in Seoul during an outbreak of anti-Americanism, about which he wrote in his book Anti-Americanism in Democratizing South Korea. After retiring from the State Department as a senior foreign service officer, he taught at universities in Washington and Seoul, and from 2008 to 2016 he was associate director of Korean studies at Stanford University. Straub traveled to North Korea five times, including with the 2002 U.S. government mission to inform the North Koreans that the United States had discovered their covert uranium enrichment program and also on former President Clinton’s visit to Pyongyang in 2009 to bring home two incarcerated American journalists. Straub worked eight years each in South Korea and Japan and speaks both languages. He is well known to top Korea policy makers in both Washington and Seoul, and is frequently cited by leading media outlets internationally.

Moderating his discussion will be CIR’s own Brian Goldbeck.

Click here to purchase tickets to the event (members are $15 and nonmembers are $20).