Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GW PhD Candidate Speaks at Wilson Center

James Person, a PhD Candidate in the Department of History specializing in Korea and Project Coordinator of the North Korean International Documentation Project, will be speaking about North Korea at the Wilson Center on September 8th. Details below!

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

THE ASIA PROGRAM, in collaboration with


Knowing the North: Intelligence and the Intentions of the DPRK

Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


James Person
Project coordinator, North Korea International Documentation Project

Robert Carlin
Visiting fellow, Stanford University

Dae-sook Suh
Professor emeritus, University of Hawaii

Jae-jung Suh
Associate professor and director of Korean studies, Johns Hopkins SAIS

How confident are we in our ability to know North Korea? Amid speculation on succession, the question of Pyongyang’s nuclear intentions and capabilities, and North Korean brinkmanship, how can we be certain that the conclusions we reach about the North’s intentions are sound? How do we assess the quality of our intelligence sources, given the opacity of the regime? Can historical continuities be used to assess the future intentions of the Kim regime? Or given the difficulties with intelligence gathering, should we forego analysis about the North’s intentions and focus instead on its capabilities as an objective indication of the threat posed by Pyongyang?

6th Floor Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Media organizations are requested to contact the Asia Program in advance at 202/691-4020 or Otherwise, RSVPs are NOT necessary. Please allow for routine security procedures when you arrive at the Center. A photo ID is required for entry. The Center is located in the southeast wing of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. The closest Metro station is Federal Triangle on the blue and orange lines. For detailed directions, please visit the Center’s website,

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