What's the Deal with North Korea?

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North Korea is a global anomaly — it is the world’s only Communist dynasty; the world’s only industrialized economy to have suffered a famine during a time of peace; and the world’s largest military (in terms of manpower and defense spending proportional to population and national income). The country has been making headlines for years for its bold displays of military strength, and recently launched missile tests in close proximity to U.S. allies, South Korea and Japan.

Join us to get your questions answered about North Korea, including:

  • How does North Korea’s government work, and how did the country become so isolated?
  • What should I know about North Korea’s military situation?
  • How have the U.S. and other countries responded to North Korea… and how is now different?

…and many more. At Civic Series, we help you think for yourself about the most critical issues of our time. Our speaker will give a 30 minute overview, followed by extensive Q&A and discussion. Hang out after the event for drinks, snacks, and good convo.

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Prof. Sung-Yoon Lee is the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professorship of Korean Studies and an Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing on North Korea policy and has advised senior officials and elected leaders in the U.S. government, including the former President of the United States of America. Prof. Lee is a frequent commentator on major international media organizations, including BBC, PBS, NPR, PRI, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CBC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, and others.

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New!

Starting with this month's event, "What's Up With North Korea?" we are trying something new at Civic Series. In the spirit of a call from Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, for more "wide news" -- news that reflects society's diversity of opinions -- we will be sending out some recommended readings that cut across the spectrum. Our hope is to expand this practice to cut across multiple perspectives (beyond just left-right), but for this week, we have a few suggested starting points.

With such a complex topic as North Korea, it's difficult to cover even a segment of the country's history or recent actions, so please understand that these are by no means thorough. These articles are merely meant as a place to begin our conversation, as well as a way of showcasing some of the varying conversations already happening. Articles with an * next to them indicate the most essential piece per section.

- Adam Gismondi, Ph.D., Civic Media Researcher for Civic Series @AdamGismondi

Left-leaning author and/or publication:
*The North Korean Nuclear Threat, Explained, Vox
This is What's Really Behind North Korea's Nuclear Provocations, The Nation

Centrist:
*North Korea Profile - A Timeline, BBC
Korean Conflict: What's Happening, and what Could Happen Next
, The Globe and Mail
The View from the Chinese Border with North Korea, NPR
Preventing Nuclear War with North Korea, Foreign Affairs

Right-leaning author and/or publication:
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We Can Defang the North Korean Threat, National Review
What Would Happen if Kim Jong-Un Launched a Nuclear Strike?, The Daily Caller

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