In this discussion, Dr. Sue Mi Terry will analyze competing theories of North Korean behavior against the backdrop of what we know about the North’s strategic goals and its long-term pursuit of nuclear weapons. She will discuss how North Korea’s goals have been pursued by Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and now Kim Jong-un, and how they remained consistent over the years. Not even the regime’s literal bankruptcy has convinced the regime to change course, and for good reason: North Korea’s brinkmanship tactics have paid off for the North by making possible the regime’s survival for more than 60 years.
The discussion will conclude with a moderated question and answer session. This event is off-the-record. RSVP: https://asiafocus.eventbrite.com
Dr. Sue Mi Terry is Senior Fellow for the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to joining CSIS, she had a long and distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues.