Security Conference: North Korea from the Inside Out
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The colloquium will examine the North Korean security challenge from an internal perspective and then from the perspective of key regional players. The colloquium will begin on the evening of April 20, with a presentation by our keynote, former White House Director of Asian Affairs, Victor Cha.

 Export to Your Calendar 4/20/2020 to 4/21/2020
When: Monday, April 20 - Tuesday, April 21, 2020
7:00 PM
Where: Kauffman Center Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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The colloquium will examine the North Korean security challenge from an internal perspective and then from the perspective of key regional players.  The colloquium will begin in Kansas City on the evening of Monday, April 20, with a presentation by Dr. Victor Cha, our keynote speaker, who will examine how North Korea views their regional security challenges. Dr. Cha will assist our audience in understanding the realpolitik of North Korean foreign policy and anticipating potential implications of this policy.

The second day of the conference, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, will examine the perspective of key regional players on the North Korean security challenge to include consideration of a dynasty collapse.

Registration Information
Both days of the conference are free and open to the public. Full conference information as well as conference registration are available through KU's Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence.

Conference Agenda

Monday, April 20 – Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri
7:00 p.m.     Keynote presentation by Dr. Victor Cha (CSIS)

Tuesday, April 21 – University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
8:00 a.m.     Breakfast
9:00              Opening Discussion: The North Korean Perspective. Victor Cha & Ambassador David Lambertson discuss North Korean goals, policies, and means to implement the policies.
10:30            Panel 1 – Regional Perspective – Japan & South Korea. What are these regional powers' strategy and policy with respect to the Korean Peninsula? Moderated by Col. Bill Eckhardt (U.S. Army, ret.) with Col. Kwunghwan Jung (ROK ret., KU Ph.D. candidate) and Jim Schoff (Senior Fellow, Carnegie Asia Program)
11:30            Lunch
1:00 p.m.     Panel 2 – Regional Perspective – Russia & China. What are these regional powers' strategy and policy with respect to the Korean Peninsula? Moderated by Youngjun Kim with Jake Kipp (KU) and Jack Zhang (KU)
2:30              Closing Discussion: Implications to U.S. Strategy and Policy. All panel members consider salient points raised during panel discussions and their implications to US strategy & policy with North Korea and regional powers.
3:30              Program ends

Speaker Information

Victor Cha joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. in May 2009 as a senior adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair. He is professor of government and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. In July 2019, he was appointed vice dean for faculty and graduate affairs in SFS. He left the White House in 2007 after serving since 2004 as director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing and received two outstanding service commendations during his tenure at the NSC. He is the author of five books, including the award-winning Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize) and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Harper Collins Ecco, 2012), which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a “Best Book on the Asia-Pacific for 2012.” His newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is also writing a new book on Korean unification. He has published articles on international relations and East Asia in journals, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Survival, International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of the History of Sport, and Asian Survey. Read more »
David LambertsonDavid Lambertson was a Foreign Service Officer for 32 years, serving primarily in East and Southeast Asia.  He retired in 1995, following four years as Ambassador to Thailand.  Since then, Lambertson has been an adjunct faculty member at KU, Claremont-McKenna College in California, and the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth.  He was also a part-time representative of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization in North Korea from 2000 to 2005.

Lambertson is a 1962 graduate of the University of Redlands (California) and the Royal College of Defence Studies in London.
Bill Eckhardt received his bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Mississippi in 1963 and his LL.B., also with honors, from the University of Virginia in 1966. In addition, he earned an LL.M. Equivalent with honors from The Judge Advocate General’s School in 1970. He is a graduate of the United States Army War College, where he served on the faculty and held the Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security.

Professor Eckhardt completed 30 years of service and retired as a Colonel in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His significant positions included: chief prosecutor in the My Lai cases (receiving the Federal Bar Association – Federal Younger Lawyer Award for his professional efforts), personnel affairs branch chief in the Army’s Litigation Division, general counsel to units in California and Germany, the Army’s chief appellate defender and legal adviser to Wartime Theater Commander. His varying teaching duties included being an adjunct professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking. He previously served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and as director of Asia Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA).

At the Department of Defense, Schoff was responsible for strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea. He also spearheaded trilateral initiatives and regional security cooperation issues, including North Korea and missile defense, disaster relief, and maritime security. Read more »

Youngjun KimYoungjun Kim
 is a tenured Professor of International Politics at the Korean National Defense University (KNDU) in Seoul. Youngjun is an official International Research Fellow of the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO). Youngjun graduated from the Korea Military Academy in Seoul in 2003, and did postgraduate study at King's College London, where he obtained an MSc in Public Service Policy and Management. He was selected as a tenured Professor of International Politics at the KNDU in 2009 after finishing his mission as a Battery Commander at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), an aide de camp to the Brigadier commanding general, an advisor on the officer promotion selection boards at the Human Resource Command of the Headquarters of the Army, and an advisor to a military attach at the Korean Embassy in the United Kingdom.  When he was in London, he built an academic cooperation DoD with The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in Sandhurst, and The UK Joint Service Command and Staff College (JSCSC) in Shrivenham, as well as an independent project with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna. After finishing his Ph.D around 2015, he is going to work as a KNDU tenured faculty member at the House of Parliament, National Security Council and DoD as well as KNDU with a role of a policy maker and a national security advisor. He is also interested in a faculty or expert job at a US university, think tank, Intergovernmental Organization (IGO), or in a US intelligence or federal government agency. Read more »
Jacob Kipp is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas and a columnist on Eurasian Security for the Jamestown Foundation. He is former Director of the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) and the Deputy Director of the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He has published extensively on Russian and Soviet naval and military history.
Jack ZhangJack Zhang is assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. Specializing in International Relations, Political Economy, East Asian Politics, Chinese Politics, and U.S.-China Relations, Zhang earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California San Diego in 2018.