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North Korea

  • May 12, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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From Council on Foreign Relations:

North Korea has conducted three nuclear weapon tests and three long-range missile tests since 2006. Although these activities have garnered North Korea global attention, it has not been positive. The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and imposed multilateral sanctions on the nation.

North Korea is thus stuck in a paradox of its own making: it engages in provocations to force other states to engage it but these very acts reinforce its pariah state status. It is unclear to what extent North Korean behavior is strategic and part of a negotiating strategy or is the result of power struggles between different factions within the government.

Some argue that the best way to restrain North Korea is to strengthen sanctions, principally by putting more pressure on China to reduce its trade with North Korea. Others advocate a diplomatic approach and argue that engagement, not escalation, would be more effective.

Ultimately, how should the U.S. and the international community treat North Korea?

Resources are below.

As always...

All views and political orientations are welcome.

We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.

If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.

Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.


Chronology of Crises on the Korean Peninsula (Council on Foreign Relations)

Recommended U.S. Policy Towards Korean Peninsula (Council on Foreign Relations)

How Scary Are North Korea's Nukes? (The Economist)

Coping with North Korea (The Economist)

How North Korea Makes Money (NPR)

Threats and Crises are Just 'Normal North Korean Diplomacy' (NPR)


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  • Ron S.

    No system for involveing all the people. Need a way to keep the converstion balanfed in speaking time. Have people raise there hadn and leader writes their name down on a list. The next one on the list gets to speack uninterrupted. Or use the old talking stick techniues. Only the holding the stick can speack.

    May 12, 2013

    • David

      At this month's meeting, we were more informal than we usually are. As the group's organizer, it's a delicate balance to encourage dialogue without having people talking over each other. It will be more organized next time.

      May 13, 2013

    • Steve G.

      As our meeting place is a busy coffee shop, there is plenty of ambient noise, thus making it somewhat difficult to make ourselves heard. I believe this is part of the frustration some are having being recognized. David does a good job keeping us on track, and as we usually have a fairly large group, coupled with the noise, possibly we should be required to raise our hands to be called upon to speak. Thoughts??

      1 · May 13, 2013

  • James C.

    Mother's Day duty

    May 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think that everything described about North Korea in the description sounds exactly like the United States government .

    May 5, 2013

    • James C.

      Except the US is a lot better at working the UN.

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Too much to do before Monday.

    May 5, 2013

  • Scott

    Hi David, when is the topic announced?

    April 15, 2013

    • David

      Hello Scott. May's topic is North Korea.

      April 17, 2013

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