Arguably, the North Korean nuclear/missile problem is presently one of the most challenging U.S. foreign policy issues, because the nation can directly threaten the U.S. mainland unless the issue is resolved in a peaceful manner. Given this importance, this lecture first addresses North Korea’s motives for nuclear and missile development as well as its costs and benefits to the North Korean regime. Then it explores how the international community, particularly the U.S. government, has handled the pressing issue. Based upon this historical analysis, the speaker gives his own ideas of resolving the long-standing, difficult issue.
Yangmo Ku has a PhD in political science from George Washington University. He taught in the School of International Service at American University before moving to Norwich in July 2012, where he serves as Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Peace and War Center. His research focuses on Korean politics, East Asian security, U.S. foreign policy, and the politics of memory and reconciliation in East Asia and Europe.