The Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted an Asan Seminar titled, “New Assessments of the North Korean Threat” on Monday, March 23 in Washington, D.C. With a growing nuclear program and arsenal, North Korea continues to pose a real and major threat to the United States and its allies and partners in Northeast Asia. Coupled with the regime’s coercion policy ranging from the sinking of the Cheonan in 2010 to the Sony cyber attacks in 2014, a shift in the assessment and policy towards North Korea is necessary in order to maintain peace and stability in the region. The Asan Seminar addressed the changing U.S. assessments of the North Korean threat, the relative danger of North Korea in the context of U.S. global priorities and threats, South Korean threat perceptions relating to North Korea, and North Korea’s threat to the nonproliferation regime.
Date / Time: Monday, March 23, 2015 / 2:00-4:00PM
Location: The Stimson Center (1211 Connecticut Ave. NW- 8th Floor)
Daniel Y. Chiu
Deputy Director, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
Daniel Y. Chiu is Deputy Director at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He is the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development in the US Department of Defense, where he was responsible for developing national defense strategy and guidance for defense investments in military force structure, technology, and non-materiel solutions. He led work for the Office of the Secretary of Defense on strategic planning with an emphasis on global trends in a complex, dynamic, and globalized security environment. He also oversaw the strategic analysis process, products, and community, using innovative methodologies and tools to assess and manage a wide range of disparate risks across the DoD. Appointed to serve in the Obama administration in 2009, Dr. Chiu led work on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, and the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University with sub-specialization in quantitative methods and Asian studies.
Visiting Fellow, Center for a New American Security
Van Jackson is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, researching the intersection of Asian security, strategy, and military trends. He is also a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Asian Studies Program in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Jackson held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as a strategist and policy adviser focused on the Asia-Pacific, senior country director for Korea, and working group chair of the U.S.–Republic of Korea Extended Deterrence Policy Committee. Dr. Jackson has testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and is a frequent commentator in popular media and policy outlets. He is the author of the forthcoming book Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in U.S.-North Korea Relations (Cambridge University Press).
Research Fellow and Director, Center for Global Governance, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Shin Chang-Hoon is a Research Fellow and the Director of the Center for Global Governance at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, he taught public international law, international organizations, international economic law and the law of the sea at Seoul National University and Myongji University. Dr. Shin has been an active participant in international conferences held at the International Maritime Organization and is a member of the Compliance Group established by the 1996 London Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter. Dr Shin’s research focuses on dispute settlement, the law of the sea, international humanitarian law and the study of the nonproliferation regime. He received a B.S. and an L.L.M from the School of Law at Seoul National University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.
Research Fellow and Director, Washington, D.C. Office, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Woo Jung-Yeop is a Research Fellow and Director of the Washington, D.C. Office at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Woo was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California and an Associate Analyst for Gallup Korea and the Korea Research Company. His research focuses on foreign military intervention in civil wars and the relationship between foreign policy-making and public opinion. He received a B.A. from Seoul National University, M.P.P. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.