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Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 15:00 - 16:00

The Two Koreas:Bad Decisions, Bad Consequences
Robert Carlin
Visiting Scholar, Stanford University’s
Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 It has been almost four years since Kim Jong-un succeeded his father as leader of North Korea. Any hopes that the younger Kim would steer the state in a new direction have been shattered. Today, the world is still grappling with the familiar North Korean issues of nuclear tests, human rights and testy relations with South Korea and other countries in the region.

 Robert Carlin is well placed to talk about the situation on the Korean peninsula. He has visited North Korea more than 30 times, most recently in November 2010 as part of a small group from Stanford University that was taken to see the North's uranium enrichment facility at Yongbyon. Since then, he has continued to meet North Korean officials in a variety of settings and locations.

 Carlin is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation. Both in and out of government, he has been closely following North Korea since 1974. From 2002-2006 he served as a political advisor to the Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), a multinational consortium formed to carry out several key provisions of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework.

 From 1989-2002, Carlin was chief of the Northeast Asia Division of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. For much of that period, he served concurrently as senior advisor to the chief US negotiator to US-DPRK talks, attending all of the major negotiations the US had with the DPRK during those years. From 1971-1988, he was an analyst with the CIA.

 In 2013, Carlin updated and revised Don Oberdorfer's indispensable contemporary history, The Two Koreas. He will come to the Club to talk about the updated book and to discuss the current situation in North Korea.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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