Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
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The Six-Party Talks and the Future of the North Korean Nuclear Program
U.S. Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks;
Jon B. Wolfsthal,
Nonproliferation Fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS);
Ted Galen Carpenter,
Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute,
and Coauthor, The Korean Conundrum
The future of the North Korean nuclear program remains in doubt. Despite the apparent breakthrough in the Six-Party Talks in Beijing, crucial details remain to be resolved. When the talks reconvene, will negotiators be able to bridge the considerable differences and achieve U.S. goals of a complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of the North’s nuclear weapons program? What should the United States be willing to pledge to North Korea in exchange for concluding a final agreement? What measures will be put in place to ensure that North Korea abides by its pledges? Will a successful outcome pave the way for a possible similar breakthrough with respect to Iran’s nuclear program?