Monday, April 20th, 2020 

Location:   Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO: 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO 64110

7 PM  Evening Keynote Presentation by Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Victor Cha joined the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. in May 2009 as a senior adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair. He is professor of government and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University. In July 2019, he was appointed vice dean for faculty and graduate affairs in SFS. He left the White House in 2007 after serving since 2004 as director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing and received two outstanding service commendations during his tenure at the NSC. He is the author of five books, including the award-winning Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize) and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Harper Collins Ecco, 2012), which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a “Best Book on the Asia-Pacific for 2012.” His newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016). He is also writing a new book on Korean unification. He has published articles on international relations and East Asia in journals, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Survival, International Studies Quarterly, International Journal of the History of Sport, and Asian Survey. Read more » (Biography

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Location:   University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS: Kansas Memorial Union Alderson Room: 1301 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS 66045

8 AM                    Breakfast in the Crossroads, Kansas Memorial Union

9-10 AM               Opening Discussion: The North Korea Perspective- Victor Cha & Ambassador David Lambertson

10:30-11:30 AM   Panel 1: Regional Perspective- Japan & South Korea, moderated by Bill Eckhardt

11:45 AM - 1 PM    Lunch in the Kansas Room, Kansas Memorial Union

1 PM - 2 PM         Panel 2: Regional Perspective-  Russia & China, moderated by Youngjun Kim

  • China Perspective: Dr. Jack Zhang, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Kansas  (Biography
  • Russia Perspective: Dr. Jacob Kipp, Adjunct Professor, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, University of Kansas (Biography

2:30 - 3:30 PM     Closing Discussion: Implications to US Stragegy and Policy, all panel members


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