November 29, 2022, 9:00 am EST to 10:30 am EST
This panel will examine recent mounting tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the possibility of accidental war. Discussion will cover this issue from both North and South Korean perspectives and explore potential tension-reduction measures.
Jong-kun Choi, Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Dr. Jong Kun Choi is a professor at the Dept. of Political Science & International Studies at Yonsei University. He joined the Moon administration as Presidential Secretary for Peace & Arms Control in 2017, participated in two inter-Korean summits in 2018. He was one of the architects of the Comprehensive Military Agreement between two Koreas, and later worked as Presidential Secretary for Peace Planning in charge of the Korean Peace Process and Korea’s first Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Jenny Town, Senior Fellow, Stimson Center and Director, 38 North
Jenny Town is a Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center and the Director of Stimson’s 38 North Program. Her expertise is in North Korea, US-DPRK relations, US-ROK alliance and Northeast Asia regional security. She was named one of Worth Magazine’s “Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World” and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2019 for her role in co-founding and managing the 38 North website, which provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea.
Robert Carlin, Nonresident Fellow, 38 North Visiting Fellow, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
Robert Carlin has been following North Korea since 1974 from both in and out of government and has taken part in countless hours of negotiations and unofficial discussions with DPRK officials. He served as a senior policy advisor at the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) from 2002-2006, leading delegations to the North for negotiations and observing developments in the country outside of Pyongyang. Carlin has made more than 30 trips to the DPRK.
Joel Wit, Distinguished Fellow in Asian and Security Studies, Stimson Center
Joel S. Wit is a Distinguished Fellow in Asian and Security Studies at the Stimson Center. Wit is an internationally recognized expert on Northeast Asia security issues. As a U.S. State Department official, he helped negotiate the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework and was subsequently in charge of its implementation until he left government in 2002, holding countless talks with North Korean officials, including the military and nuclear establishments.