Vail Symposium to discuss North Korea |

Vail Symposium to discuss North Korea

Daily staff report
Jung Pak, an expert on North Korean policy.
Paul Morigi | Special to the Daily

North Korea is consistently a hot topic in today’s news. However, much of what we know about the country and its politics is shrouded in mystery. Even more unpredictable is the U.S.’ relationship with this volatile country. On Thursday, Sept. 27, at Antlers at Vail, the Vail Symposium welcomes Jung H. Pak, Ph.D., an expert on North Korea, for a special discussion that will not only touch on the country’s enigmatic leader, but also will offer an outlook on what we might see in the coming months.

“North Korea and what we might expect in the coming months continues to be a topic of intense discussion,” said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “We are honored to have Jung Pak join us for what promised to be another enlightening and informative discussion as part of our geo-political series.”

During this special conversation, Pak will share insight into what makes Kim Jong-un tick, including his childhood, family influences and his time outside North Korea. From the transition of power from his father, Kim Jong-il, to his rise to absolute power at any cost, including assassination, Pak will share her extensive knowledge, including an analysis of the Trump administration’s policy on North Korea and how North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been maneuvering despite the U.S.’ “maximum pressure” strategy, as well as an outlook to the future.

Pak is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation chair in Korea studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia policy studies. She focuses on the national security challenges facing the United States and East Asia, including North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities, the regime’s domestic and foreign policy calculus, internal stability and inter-Korean ties. Pak is also focused on developing interdisciplinary forums to bolster regional dialogue on counterterrorism, nonproliferation, cybersecurity and climate change. Pak has also held senior positions at the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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