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On Monday, May 20, 2013, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies held the 33rd Asan Dosirak Lecture Series with Experts with Terence Roehrig, Professor in National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College.

In a presentation titled, “North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Program: Motivation, Strategy, and Doctrine,” Prof. Roehrig discussed the role of nuclear weapons in North Korean security calculations. Also, using deterrence theory, he examined possible directions for North Korea’s nuclear weapons strategies and doctrine.


Dr. Terence Roehrig is a Professor in National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is also a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School at Harvard University in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom. He is the author of two forthcoming books: Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella: Extended Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons in the Post-Cold War World (Columbia University Press) and South Korea’s Rise in World Affairs: Power, Economic Development and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press) and coauthored with Uk Heo. In addition, he is a coauthor of South Korea since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2010) with Uk Heo, the author of two books, From Deterrence to Engagement: The U.S. Defense Commitment to South Korea (Lexington, 2006) and The Prosecution of Former Military Leaders in Newly Democratic Nations: The Cases of Argentina, Greece, and South Korea (McFarland, 2002) along with a monograph, Korean Dispute Over the Northern Limit Line: Security, Economics, or International Law? (University of Maryland Law School, 2008), and is the coeditor of The Survival of North Korea(McFarland, 2011) and Korean Security in a Changing East Asia (Praeger 2007). He has published articles and book chapters on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Korean and East Asian security issues, the U.S.-South Korea alliance, the Northern Limit Line dispute, the South Korean Navy, deterrence, human rights, and transitional justice. He has published in the journals, Asian Politics and PolicyAsian AffairsHuman Rights QuarterlyInternational Journal of Korean StudiesJournal of Asian and African StudiesKorea ObserverNorth Korean ReviewPacific Focus, and World Affairs. Dr. Roehrig received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in political science from Marquette University, and is a past President of the Association of Korean Political Studies.


Date/Time: Monday, May 20, 2013 / 10:30-13:00

Place: Conference Room 2F, The Asan Institute for Policy Studies