Virtual Security Conference September 3rd, 2020

North Korea From the Inside Out 

The Six-Party talks were a series of multilateral negotiations held intermittently since 2003 and attended by China, Japan, North Korea, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.  The talks stopped in 2009, when North Korea decided to forgo the process in 2009.  In subsequent years, other participants, notably China, have called periodically for a resumption of the process.  In post six-party talks there have been more ad-hoc meetings especially between North Korea and United States and South Korea.   The North Korea:  From the Inside Out colloquium will examine the regional security environment from the perspective of North Korea, and then from the remaining countries, which comprise the six party talks. 


Schedule of Events

9 - 9:10 a.m. - Welcome by Mike Denning, John Kennedy, Matthew Hughes

9:10 - 10:20 a.m. - Opening Keynote: The North Korea Perspective, with 30 minute Q&A session

Jung Pak, Brookings
Evans Revere, Brookings

10:20 - 10:30 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Panel 1: South Korean and Japanese Perspectives

Moderator - Nazli Avdan, KU 

South Korea Panel (10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - Including 15 minute Q&A) - Sue Mi Terry, CSIS, COL Kwunghwan Jung, KU
Japanese Panel (11:15 - 12 p.m. - Including 15 minute Q&A) - Jim Schoff, Carnegie, Victor Cha, Center for Strategic & International Studies
Inter-panel Discussion (12-12:30 p.m.)

12:30 - 1 p.m. - Lunch Break

1 - 3 p.m. - Panel 2: Chinese and Russian Perspectives 

Chinese Panel (1-1:45 p.m. - Including 15 minute Q&A) - Weiqi Zhang, Suffolk, Jack Zhang, KU
Russian Panel (1:45 - 2:30 p.m. - Including 15 minute Q&A) - Mariya Omelicheva, NDU, Jake Kipp, KU
Inter-panel Discussion (2:30 - 3 p.m.)

Moderator - Megan Greene, KU

3 - 3:10 p.m. - Break

3:10 - 4:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote: Implications to U.S. Strategy and Policy - Ambassador Christopher Hill & Gregory Treverton, ODNI


Welcome by Mike Denning, John Kennedy, Matthew

Jung H. Pak is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She is the author of “Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer’s Insights into North Korea’s Enigmatic Young Dictator” (Ballantine, April 2020). Positioned as an authoritative book on North Korea under Kim Jong Un, this comprehensive account examines Kim’s personality, preferences, and policy choices, and the implications for North Korea’s internal stability, denuclearization, and global security.

At Brookings, Pak focuses on the national security challenges facing the United States and East Asia, including North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction capabilities, the regime’s domestic and foreign policy calculus, internal stability, and inter-Korean ties. Pak is also focused on developing interdisciplinary forums to bolster regional dialogue on counterterrorism, nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and climate change. She also has expertise in broader U.S.-South Korea relations and regional dynamics.


Evans J.R. Revere is senior director with the Albright Stonebridge Group, providing strategic advice to clients with a specific focus on Korea, China and Japan. From 2007-2010, Revere served as president and CEO of The Korea Society.

Fluent in Chinese, Korean and Japanese, Revere retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 after a distinguished career as one of the U.S. Department of State's top Asia experts. He won numerous awards during his career, which included service as the principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and deputy chief of mission and charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.  Revere has extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea.

Revere graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in East Asian Studies. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Sue Mi Terry joined CSIS in 2017 as senior fellow for Korea after a distinguished career in intelligence, policymaking, and academia following Korean issues. She also teaches at the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University and is an analyst and commentator for MSNBC and NBC News programs.  Prior to CSIS, she served as a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 to 2008, where she produced hundreds of intelligence assessments—including a record number of contributions to the president’s Daily Brief. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, Dr. Terry was the director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic affairs at the National Security Council under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. In that role, she formulated, coordinated, and implemented U.S. government policy on Korea and Japan, as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania. From 2009 to 2010, she was deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council. In that position, she led the U.S. Intelligence Community’s production of strategic analysis on East Asian issues and authored multiple National Intelligence Estimates. From 2010 to 2011, she served as the national intelligence fellow in the David Rockefeller Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since leaving government, Dr. Terry has been a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute (2011-2015) and a senior adviser for Korea at BowerGroupAsia (2015-2017).  She holds a Ph.D. (2001) and an M.A. (1998) in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a B.A. in political science from New York University (1993). She was born in Seoul and raised in Hawaii and Northern Virginia.


COL Kwunghwan Jung
Colonel (Retired), Republic of Korea Army
MA, International Relations, Webster University
MS, Defense and Strategic Studies, University of Madras
MA, International Relations, Korea University
BS, Physics, Korea Military Academy


James L. Schoff is a senior fellow in the Carnegie Asia Program. His research focuses on U.S.-Japan relations and regional engagement, Japanese politics and security, and the private sector’s role in Japanese policymaking. He previously served as senior adviser for East Asia policy at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense and as director of Asia Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA).

At the Department of Defense, Schoff was responsible for strategic planning and policy development for relations with Japan and the Republic of Korea. He also spearheaded trilateral initiatives and regional security cooperation issues, including North Korea and missile defense, disaster relief, and maritime security.


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.


Weiqi Zhang is Assistant Professor of Political Science & Legal Studies at Suffolk University. Zhang specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and social and political liberalization in closed societies (e.g. China and North Korea. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia. 


Jack Zhang is assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. Specializing in International Relations, Political Economy, East Asian Politics, Chinese Politics, and U.S.-China Relations, Zhang earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of California San Diego in 2018.





Dr. Mariya Y. Omelicheva is a Professor of Strategy at National War College. She holds PhD (2007) in Political Science from Purdue University and JD in International Law (2000) from Moscow National Law Academy. Dr. Omelicheva's research and teaching interests include international and Eurasian security, counterterrorism and human rights, democracy promotion in the post-Soviet territory, Russia's foreign and security policy, and terrorism/crime nexus in Eurasia. She has published on these subjects in Terrorism and Political Violence, Europe-Asia Studies, International Journal of Human Rights, Central Asia Survey, Cambridge Review of International Relations, and other journals. She is the author of Counterterrorism Policies in Central Asia (Routledge 2011), which received an Outstanding Academic Title award by Choice, Democracy in Central Asia: Competing Perspectives and Alternate Strategies (University Press of Kentucky 2015), and Corrupt Security: Trafficking-Terrorism Nexus in Central Asia (Forthcoming with Columbia University Press, with Lawrence Markowitz), and editor of Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions (Lexington 2015).


Jacob Kipp is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas and a columnist on Eurasian Security for the Jamestown Foundation. He is former Director of the US Army Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) and the Deputy Director of the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS). He has published extensively on Russian and Soviet naval and military history.





Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is a Senior Advisor at ASG, where he brings unparalleled global expertise to his work with clients. During his long and distinguished career in the Foreign Service, he served as ambassador to four countries and in multiple senior positions at the U.S. Department of State. Ambassador Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, the Republic of Korea, Poland, and the Republic of Macedonia. In addition, he served as Special Envoy to Kosovo and as the Head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue.

He previously served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Southeast European Affairs in the National Security Council. Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul, and Tirana. Before joining the Foreign Service, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.

He is the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions as a member of the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement, and was a recipient of the Robert S. Frasure Award for Peace Negotiations for his work on the Kosovo crisis. In addition to his role at ASG, Ambassador Hill serves as Chief Advisor to the Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver. 

He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a B.A. in Economics and received an M.A. from the Naval War College. Ambassador Hill speaks Polish, Serbo-Croatian, and Macedonian. He is based in Denver, Colorado. 


Gregory F. Treverton is a senior adviser (non-resident) with the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is now a professor of the practice of international relations at the University of Southern California after stepping down as chairman of the National Intelligence Council in January 2017. Earlier, he directed the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security and before that its Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center. Also, he was associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has served in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, handling Europe for the National Security Council and as vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, overseeing the writing of America’s National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs). He has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities, in addition to RAND, been a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He holds an AB summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MPP (Master’s in Public Policy) and PhD in economics and politics from Harvard. His latest books are Dividing Divided States, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014; and Beyond the Great Divide: Relevance and Uncertainty in National Intelligence and Science for Policy (with Wilhelm Agrell), Oxford University Press, 2015.



US Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth IRC: International Relations Council
KU Graduate Military Programs Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Center for East Asian Studies