David Kang
The Denuclearization of North Korea

David Kang

Director, USC Korean Studies Institute

Dan Schnur

Professor, USC Annenberg School of Communications

January 16, 2019 6:30 PM    Talk

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From an historic first summit between US president Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to multiple meetings between the leaders of North and South Korea, the Korean peninsula has been experiencing a period of unprecedented diplomacy. Yet progress appears to have slowed, or even stopped: North Korea is no longer moving as quickly toward denuclearization, and the US and South Korea have not removed any significant economic sanctions on the North.

What will 2019 bring for the US, North Korea, and the security issue? Is there still the possibility of “fire and fury” on the peninsula? Is there a real opportunity for easing of tensions, or is this simply another false start?

Join us on January 16th when David Kang, one of the United States’ top Korea experts, and Dan Schnur, Professor at USC Annenberg School of Communications, discuss the diplomatic history of the US and North Korea, President Trump's "fire and fury" approach and the influence of leaders like Xi Jinping and Moon Jae-in.


David Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, and a professor of International Relations, Business, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. Kang is also director of the USC Korean Studies Institute. His latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century. A regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military, Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and appears regularly in media such as CNN, PBC, the BBC, and NPR. Read more about Kang here.

Dan Schnur is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications. For years, Schnur was one of California’s leading political and media strategists, whose record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns.  Schnur also oversaw the USC Dornsife/LA Times Daybreak poll that was one of the few election polls that correctly showed Donald Trump with a lead in the run up to the Presidential election.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Victor Cha is no longer available to participate in this event. You can read about Cha and his work at CSIS here.

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