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The Asian Studies Program invites Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff to a discussion about North Korean engagement strategies with Professor Victor Cha and Professor David Kang, authors of Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press). Fifteen years after the book was first published, the revised edition "remains an essential guide to the difficult choices we face" when interacting with North Korea. "Coming from different perspectives—Kang believes the threat posed by Pyongyang has been inflated and endorses a more open approach, while Cha is more skeptical and advocates harsher measures, though both believe that some form of engagement is necessary—the authors together present authoritative analysis of one of the world’s thorniest challenges." Read more about the book here.

This event will be moderated by Dr. Robert Gallucci, former U.S. Ambassador and School of Foreign Service Dean.

A limited number of books will be available for purchase at this event.


Dr. Victor D. Cha is D. S. Song–Korea Foundation Endowed Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is senior adviser and Korea chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council from 2004 to 2007. His books include The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (2012).


Dr. David C. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations, Business, and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, where he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute and the Center for International Studies. His most recent book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century (2017).


Dr. Robert Gallucci is an American academic and diplomat, who formerly worked as president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He previously served as dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 1996 to 2009. Prior to his appointment in 1996, he served in various governmental and international agencies, including the Department of State and United Nations for over two decades.

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