POSTPONED: Whither the North Korean Roller Coaster: What is at Stake and What are the Options?
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About The Event
Since 2017 the North Korean roller coaster has gyrated from fire and fury, to reconciliation and diplomatic engagement, to deep disappointments on all sides, and now a shift in North Korean policy that raises major questions about the path forward in resolving the challenges on the Korean Peninsula. Both the evolving geopolitics of Northeast Asia and internal dynamics of change inside North Korea contribute to these challenges and the choices that lie ahead for all concerned countries. Join us as Brad Babson leads a discussion on North Korea and possibilities for its future.
As always, this series is free and open to the public. Suggested donation for $10 for nonmembers. Please feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the presentation.
About the Speaker
Since 1997 Brad Babson has studied the North Korean economy and written extensively on economic perspectives on the integration of North Korea into the international community. He is former Chair of the DPRK Economic Forum at the U.S.-Korea Institute, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and presently serves on the World Economic Forum Council on the Korean Peninsula, Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and the Steering Committee of the National Committee for North Korea.
Mr. Babson worked for the World Bank for 26 years before retiring in 2000. Since then he has consulted for the World Bank and United Nations and been involved in projects sponsored by various institutes, foundations and universities. In Maine, he is a former Director of the World Affairs Council and President of the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. In 2018 and 2019 he taught a course on the Two Koreas and the Geopolitics of Northeast Asia as a Distinguished Lecturer in Government at Bowdoin College. In 2018 he received a Leadership and Luminaries award from Camden National Bank and the Maine Association of Non-Profits for his work with the Land Trust. Mr. Babson received his BA degree from Williams College in 1972, and MPA degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University in 1974. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.