Past Episodes

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Episode 5: From Nukes to Human Rights: Jump-Starting the Dialogue with North Korea with Amb. Robert R. King

Livestreamed September 7, 2021

Our panel of the world’s leading experts on North Korea, featuring Amb. Robert R. King, former special envoy for North Korean human rights issues at the Department of State (2009-17), will examine the glaring impasse in the DPRK-US relations emerging in the wake of the US-ROK joint military exercises, the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pyongyang's apparent resumption of the operation of the nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and demonstrated reluctance to accept vaccine assistance amidst the worsening wave of Delta COVID hitting the Peninsula – all on the doorstep of South Korea’s presidential elections. We’ll look at what Washington and its allies need to do to get the ball rolling again and jump-start international negotiations on nuclear issues and humanitarian concerns, including human rights, with North Korea.

Episode 4: The Biden Strategy for Dealing with a Nuclear North Korea with Mr. Sydney Seiler

Livestreamed August 3, 2021

In this episode, our guest panelist Mr. Sydney Seiler just returned from five years as the senior analyst for North Korea with the U.S. Forces in Korea, and is now the National Intelligence Officer for North Korea in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He is the intelligence community’s senior officer for North Korea, responsible for all analysis provided to the President, the Executive Branch and Congress. He will discuss the Biden Administration’s recent policy review for dealing with North Korea, with commentary on prospects for resolving issues with the North.

Episode 3: Northeast Asia's Alternative Futures in the Shadow of a Rising China with Hon. Newt Gingrich

Livestreamed July 6, 2021

On July 1, the world was given a display of China’s might on the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Deng Xiaoping, who eclipsed Mao, becoming the “Architect of Modern China,” famously counseled, “Hide your capacities, bide your time.” That China might hold cards it hasn’t shown is a sobering thought. One path: we could see the continued peaceful rise of a China focused on economic prosperity and meeting its domestic challenges. Another: China continues to look outward with coercive diplomacy and an ever-increasing arsenal. Will China have another century of CCP rule?

Episode 2: Taking Stock of the Biden-Moon Summit: Looking into the Future with Mr. Markus Garlauskas

Livestreamed June 1, 2021

Episode 1: The Washington Brief Launch with Mr. Guy Taylor

Livestreamed May 4, 2021