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Kang to Explore Developments between U.S. & North Korea

CONWAY, Ark. (January 15, 2019) – “The way forward on North Korea: fire and fury, or carrots and diplomacy?” will be presented by David C. Kang on Tuesday, January 29 from 6-7:30 p.m., in Lecture Hall C of the Wilbur D. Mills Center for Social Sciences on the Hendrix College campus. The lecture, sponsored by the W. C. Buthman Endowed Visiting Scholar and Lectureship Program at Hendrix, is free and open to the public.

From an historic first summit between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to multiple meetings between the leaders of North and South Korea, the Korean peninsula has been experiencing a period of unprecedented diplomacy. Yet progress appears to have slowed, or even stopped: North Korea is no longer moving as quickly toward denuclearization, and the U.S. and South Korea have not removed any significant economic sanctions on the North.

Dr. Kang, an international relations professor at the University of Southern California, will discuss what 2019 could bring for the U.S., North Korea, and the security issues affecting relations between the two countries; whether the possibility of “fire and fury” still lingers on the Korean Peninsula; and whether there is a real opportunity for easing tensions. Kang will discuss these and many other issues surrounding North Korea, including U.S. policy toward the region.

In addition to delivering the Buthman Lecture, Dr. Kang will meet with the Hendrix Westphalian Society Reading Group, a group of students interested in international relations, to discuss his most recent book, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (revised in 2018).

Dr. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor in International Relations, Business and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. He also directs the Korean Studies Institute at USC. Kang’s latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He is also author of East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia University Press, 2010); China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002); and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies, co-authored with Victor Cha (Columbia University Press, 2003). Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.

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