North Korea: What Can The International Community Do?

Event: Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Bechtel Conference Center

500 Washington Street, San Francisco

4:30pm – 7:30pm


Thomas B. Gold, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (moderator)

Michael Kirby, Chairman, U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK

Lee Seong Min, DPRK defector

Hannah Song, President and CEO, Liberty in North Korea

Katherina Zellweger, former North Korea country director, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Chun Yungwoo, Chairman, The Korean Peninsula Future Forum; former National Security Advisor of South Korea

Tom Nagorski, Executive Vice President, Asia Society (moderator)

Robert King, U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues

In December 2011, the young and inexperienced Kim Jong Un became the new Supreme Leader of North Korea, inheriting a nation beset by famine, poverty, and isolation abroad. Despite early hopes of reform, Kim quickly went on to test a nuclear weapon, purge and/or execute top officials in his government, conduct ballistic missile tests, and provoke border skirmishes in the region. Moreover, the release of the U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea report in March 2014 called unprecedented attention to the ongoing human rights and humanitarian abuses in the country. Asia Society is pleased to bring together defectors, human rights and humanitarian aid experts, and international security specialists for a conference to take a new look at the challenges posed by North Korea and consider what the international community can do.

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