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  • Tuesday 7th

    November 2017

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:30 PM

  • Bazarsky Lecture Hall

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Avoiding a Sea of Fire: Dealing with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea


Mr. Ankit Panda, Senior Editor at The Diplomat

Dr. Terence Roehrig is Professor of National Security Affairs, and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College

Dr. Iskander Rehman, Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University

In the summer of 2017, the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (DPRK) carried out a series of long-range missile tests. The weapon systems tested appeared to be intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), with the potential to range the continental United States. While North Korea has been a nuclear power for over a decade, this latest evolution is something of a turning point and raises a number of difficult questions. How should the United States, its Northeast Asian allies, and the international community writ large, deal with the growing threat posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea? Beyond levying additional economic sanctions, are there any non-kinetic means of persuading or compelling the regime in Pyongyang to arrest its nuclear developments? In early August, U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster claimed that the U.S. was prepared to wage “preventive war” against North Korea. What might such a grim possibility entail? How might combat operations unfold on the Korean peninsula and what is the state of North Korea’s conventional capabilities? Last but not least, what role might nuclear weapons in the DPRK’s evolving security strategy? How will the maturation of its nuclear deterrent affect its regional behavior?

On November 7th, in an effort to help provide answers to some of these challenging questions, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will convene a panel of distinguished experts.

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