What to Do about North Korea?
Yet another crisis has enveloped the Korean peninsula as the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan has triggered a spate of provocative statements and military threats. But American policymakers have virtually no window into decisionmaking in the North. Stephen Linton travels regularly to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as part of his work with the Eugene Bell Foundation, which provides medical assistance to needy North Koreans. He will discuss what he has learned about Pyongyang’s international objectives and suggest possible strategies for the U.S. to use in engaging the North. Karin Lee of the National Committee on North Korea and Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute will comment on Dr. Linton’s remarks.