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Charting a New Course for US-North Korea Relations

Following the Biden administration's North Korea policy review, former officials who previously engaged Pyongyang share lessons from the past and offer insights on a possible new approach.
Robert Gallucci
Christopher Hill
Jean H. Lee
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The Biden administration completed its review of US foreign policy toward North Korea and proposed an approach different from President Trump’s "grand bargain" and President Obama’s "strategic patience." Can the United States and North Korea reach an agreement on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program? Former officials who engaged Pyongyang in the past discuss what lessons we can draw from previous negotiations and the state of US foreign policy toward North Korea.

About the Speakers
Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University
Ambassador Gallucci previously served as US Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the US Department of State, focused on the non-proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was the chief US negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994. He served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and President of the MacArthur Foundation.
Christopher Hill
Professor and former career diplomat 
Christopher Hill
Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq in 2009. Prior to Iraq, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. 
Christopher Hill
Director, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Wilson Center
Jean Lee is director of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy and currently serves as co-host of The Lazarus Heist podcast for the BBC World Service. Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012 opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau, the only U.S. text/photo news bureau based in the North Korean capital. She has made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in the course of her exclusive reporting across the country. Lee has a bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies and English from Columbia University, and a master's degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
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