The Korean Peninsula and U.S.-ROK Alliance: Credibility, Connectivity, and Practicality

The Korea Economic Institute of America, The Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

1800 K Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006

June 19, 2019, 10:00 am EDT to 4:45 pm EDT

KEI and KIEP will host a full day conference on the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-ROK Alliance, featuring sessions on North Korea, U.S.-ROK Alliance, and DMZ and Public Health projects.

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10:00 AM Opening Remarks

Kathleen Stephens, President & CEO, KEI

10:05 AM - 12:00 PM, Session I. North Korea: Collapse Theory, Mistrust, and Creditworthiness

Troy Stangarone (Moderator), Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, KEI


Myung-koo Kang (Professor, Baruch College, CUNY)
“Revisiting the Collapse Thesis of North Korea: The Origins and Its Evolution in the U.S. Policymaking Community”

Discussant: Victor Cha (Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, CSIS)

Rorry Daniels (Deputy Project Director of the Forum on Asia-Pacific Security, National Committee on American Foreign Policy)
“Addressing Strategic Mistrust Toward North Korea in the United States Policy Community”

Discussant: Mark Fitzpatrick (Associate Fellow and Former Executive Director, IISS–Americas)

Thomas Byrne (President, The Korea Society) and Jonathan Corrado (Associate Policy Director, The Korea Society
“Making North Korea Creditworthy: What will it take for North Korea to finance its post-nuclear development?”

Discussant: William Newcomb (Fellow, Center for Advanced Defense Studies; Chair, North Korea Economic Forum)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Session II.  U.S.-ROK Alliance and Inter-Korean Relations

Yonho Kim (Moderator), Nonresident Fellow, KEI


Jooeun Kim (Research Fellow, Georgetown University)
“Credibility in the U.S.-ROK Alliance”

Discussant: Scott Snyder (Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations)

Gregg Brazinsky (Professor, George Washington University) and Joongho Kim (Visiting Scholar, George Washington University)
“Global Connectivity of Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation”

Discussant: William Brown (Non-resident Fellow, Korea Economic Institute of America; Principal, Northeast Asia Economics and Intelligence Advisory, LLC)

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Coffee Break

3:00 PM - 4:40 PM Session III. Practical Projects: DMZ and Public Health

Kyle Ferrier (Moderator), Director of Academic Affairs and Research, KEI


Young Hoon Kim (Professor, University of North Texas)
“A case of city development: Incubating Village for DMZ (Demilitarized Zone: Dream and Miracle Zone)”

Discussant: Seung-ho Lee (President, DMZ Forum)


Kee Park (Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School) and Ramon Pacheco Pardo(KF-VUB Korea Chair, Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
“Injuries in the DPRK: The Looming Epidemic”

Discussant: David Hong (Assistant Professor, Stanford University Medical Center)

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