Time to Accept North Korea As a Nuclear Weapons State?

Webinar date October 28, 2020 12:30 pm
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No matter who wins the U.S. Presidential election come November 3, North Korea will be a top national security priority thanks to its growing nuclear weapons capabilities and long-range missiles.   For decades, the majority of North Korea experts, policymakers and politicians on both sides of the political spectrum have maintained that denuclearization is the best policy option, arguing that only a North Korea free of such weapons should be rewarded with large-scale sanctions relief, some form of diplomatic recognition and a security guarantee.   There is, however, a growing minority that argues Pyongyang will never accept denuclearizing in full, and that implicitly or explicitly, the U.S. and its allies must come to terms with decades of policy failures and work towards arms control with Pyongyang. Graham Allison is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard University.  Allison is a leading analyst of national security with special interests in nuclear weapons, Russia, China, and decision-making.   Ted Galen Carpenter, is a recognized expert on North Korea, is Senior Fellow at the CATO institute and co-author of the book, The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea.   Ambassador Joseph R. DeTrani, is a former Special Envoy for Six Party Talks (2003-2006) with North Korea and the U.S. Representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO).   Ambassador Robert Gallucci was the chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994 and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission following the first Gulf War.   Harry J. Kazianis, Senior Director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest, will moderate the discussion.