North Korea Event Calendar

This calendar lists public events about or related to North Korea. It focuses on events held in Washington, D.C., although it will also list notable events held elsewhere in the U.S. If you have an event you think should be included, please contact us.

All webcasts are listed in Eastern Time unless otherwise noted.


January 29, 2021

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

[Webcast] Toward an inclusive and balanced regional order: A new U.S. strategy in East Asia

Quincy Institute

The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft will host a presentation and discussion featuring Michael D. Swaine, Jessica J. Lee, and Rachel Esplin Odell; former U.S. Ambassador to China J. Stapleton Roy, and former acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton on their new report entitled, “Toward an Inclusive and Balanced Regional Order: A New U.S. Strategy in East Asia."



February 4, 2021

9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

[Webcast] North Korean Refugee Entrepreneurs in South Korea

Korea Economic Institute (KEI) and The Asia Foundation

KEI and The Asia Foundation (TAF) will host a discussion on a new TAF report "North Korean Refugee Entrepreneurs in South Korea: Unveiling Korea's Hidden Potential," featuring discussants Randall Jones, Kwang Kim, Scott Snyder, and Kathleen Stephens.


February 4, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

[Webcast] Human Rights and North Korea: Honoring the Anniversary of the UN Commission of Inquiry Report

The Korea Society

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) executive director Greg Scarlatoiu and Bush Institute senior fellow Victor Cha join senior director Stephen Noerper for a discussion of human rights in North Korea and its placement on the Biden administration’s new policy agenda.


February 10, 2021

9:00 am - 10:15 am EST

[Webcast] The Korean Peninsula and the Maritime Domain: Peace or Conflict Zone?

National Bureau of Asian Research

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) will host a virtual discussion with Darcie Draudt, Young Kil Park, and Terence Roehrig on maritime challenges in South Korea’s relations with its neighbors.


February 18, 2021

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST

[Webcast] State of Grace: The North Korean-Built Angkor Panorama Museum in Light of DPRK-Cambodian Cultural Relations

GW Institute for Korean Studies

The GW Institute for Korean Studies will host a discussion with Douglas Gabriel, a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at GW, on North Korea's Mansudae Overseas Project's role in building the Angkor Panorama Museum in Cambodia.


February 18, 2021

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

[Webcast] Pathways to a Brighter Future for North Korea's Economy

The Korea Society

The Korea Society will host a discussion with Byung-Yeon Kim, Brad Babson, and Peter Ward about scenarios for North Korean development and inter-Korean economic integration



March 4, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST

New Developments in Inter-Korean Relations

The Korea Society and Columbia University's Center for Korean Research

Woodrow Wilson Center director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy Jean Lee converses with senior director Stephen Noerper on ROK-DPRK relations. They address impasse and opportunity between North Korea and South Korea and offer recommendations for US and other policy makers on peninsular realities and possibilities.


March 18, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

[Webcast] The Historical Causes of Korea's Division and Challenges to Reconciliation

The Korea Society

Michael D. Shin, a Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, looks at the late Joseon period and the Japanese colonial period to examine the historical causes of Korean division and investigate their impact on inter-Korean reconciliation.