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Engaging North Korea: US Policies to Improve Bilateral Relations

Sponsored by Korea Peace Network and Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)

Thursday, June 23, 2016
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons, 6th Floor, Room #602
1957 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Please RSVP at: go.gwu.edu/koreapeacenetworkpisa

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have arguably reached historic highs in the first few months of 2016. Relations between the two countries appear deadlocked following North Korea´s nuclear test in January, the largest ever U.S.-South Korea military exercises, several North Korean rocket launches, US-led sanction efforts, vicious rhetoric and more. Further, the Obama Administration´s policy of ´strategic patience´ has not yielded diplomatic progress and both official and back-channel dialogue have reportedly ceased.

Yet, despite the impasse between the two countries, there remain an array of policy options to help de-escalate tensions, increase understanding, build trust, and ultimately pave the way for a peacebuilding process. Join the Korea Peace Network and GWU´s Partnership for International Strategies in Asia as we explore a menu of policy options to build a more peaceful Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. The all-day event will feature discussions with academics, policy analysts, U.S. government officials, practitioners from across the foreign policy spectrum, and more.

9:00 - 9:15

9:30-10:45 Panel I
The Korea Exception to the Mine Ban Treaty & Obama´s Last Days in Office

11:00-12:30 Panel II
Remembering the Forgotten: Retrieving the Remains of US Veterans Left in North Korea

1:30-3:00 Panel III
Communication Breakdown: People-to-people Exchanges & Building Understanding

3:30-6:00 Film Screening and remarks on Divided Families
Film: "People are the Sky" - Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

(Event) 6/5/2016