What It’s About: At the moment, it appears that peace is breaking out on the Korean peninsula. Fatty the Third - the Chinese nickname for Kim Jong Un - is not parading intercontinental ballistic missiles through the center of Pyongyang; the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, wants to end the Korean War and unify the two Koreas; and President Donald Trump, who used to shout “fire and fury,” now speaks as if he is the running for a Nobel Peace Prize. This euphoria is unlikely to last as these three leaders, along with China’s Xi Jinping, begin to assert their divergent interests while trying to settle what is perhaps the most intractable - and consequential - dispute on the planet. So what could possibly go wrong? This seminar will look into some of the potential pitfalls.
Presenter: Gordon G. Chang a highly regarded authority on nuclear proliferation in general, and the North Korean crisis in particular, is a columnist at The Daily Beast, and a familiar face on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television. Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss, and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie. His frequent writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The American Conservative, the International Herald Tribune, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and Barron's. In addition, he is the author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World, and The Coming Collapse of China. He has also given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon.