Asia Institute Seminar on Nuclear Power in North Korea

 

Asia Institute Seminar

On the occasion of Seoul Nuclear Summit

 

“Revisiting Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security in North Korea”

 

Date:   Thursday, March 22, 2012

 

Time: 9:30-11:30

Place:            The Asia Institute

                         GCS International Building

SPEAKERS:

Scott Snyder
Senior Fellow for Korea Studies

Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Council on Foreign Relations

Sharon Squassoni

Director

Proliferation Prevention Program
CSIS

John Endicott

President
Woosong University

Kim Myungja
President Green 21

(former minister of the environment; author of “The
Nuclear Dilemma”)

Sok Chul Kim

Senior Researcher

Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety

Moderator:

Emanuel Pastreich
Director
The Asia Institute

(professor, Humanitas College, Kyung Hee University)

After a flurry of discussions about the future of nuclear power in North Korea, and the legitimate and illegitimate uses of nuclear technologies, dialog on this topic has been frozen for a decade. There are tantalizing suggestions that discussions about nuclear power in North Korea could start again in the future. But the world has changed utterly since then, confronting us with a panoply of new issues that were not in play the last time we discussed light water reactors.
The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant in Japan has raised more
general questions about safety in nuclear power, China is planning to build  a large number of nuclear power plants along its East coast that could become a serious safety issue, Russia has entered into the nuclear business on a large and South Korea has become a center for nuclear power technologies and is playing an increasingly important role in setting global norms for the industry.

All these changes suggest that any future discussion with North Korea about
its nuclear power programs (and risks for proliferation) will be profoundly different. This seminar will consider how the world has changed, and what our new perspective should be.

Date:   Thursday, March 22, 2012

Time: 9:30-11:30

Place: The Asia Institute

GCS International Building 115-3 Kwon-nong-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul

GCS International Building 서울시 종로구 권농동 115-3

(Come out of exit 4 of Anguk Station and head straight for 400 meters; GCS building is across the street from the entrance to Changdok Palace)

Phone:          02 741-2274 (010 3444 1598 for Emanuel’s cell)


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Speakers:

Sharon Squassoni

Director

Proliferation Prevention Program

CSIS

Ms. Squassoni serves as director and senior fellow of the Proliferation Prevention Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Squassoni was a senior associate in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 2002-2007, Ms. Squassoni advised Congress as a senior specialist in weapons of mass destruction at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.  Before joining CRS, she worked briefly as a reporter in the Washington bureau of Newsweek magazine.

Ms. Squassoni also served in the executive branch of government from 1992 to 2001. Her last position was Director of Policy Coordination for the Nonproliferation Bureau at the State Department. She also served as a policy planner for the Political-Military Bureau at State. She began her career in the government as a nuclear safeguards expert in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. She is the recipient of various service awards and has published widely. She is a frequent commentator for U.S. and international media outlets.

Ms. Squassoni received her B.A. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany, a Masters in Public Management from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

http://csis.org/expert/sharon-squassoni

Scott Sneider

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies

Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Council on Foreign Relations

Scott Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where he had served as an adjunct fellow from 2008 to 2011. Snyder’s program examines South Korea’s efforts to contribute on the international stage; its potential influence and contributions as a middle power in East Asia; and the peninsular, regional, and global implications of North Korean instability. Snyder is also the editor of The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges(forthcoming, Lynne Rienner Publishers). He served as the project director for CFR’s Independent Task Force on policy toward the Korean Peninsula. He currently writes for the blog, “Asia Unbound.”

Prior to joining CFR, Snyder was a senior associate in the international relations program of The Asia Foundation, where he founded and directed the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and served as The Asia Foundation’s representative in Korea (2000-2004). He was also a senior associate at Pacific Forum CSIS. Mr. Snyder has worked as an Asia specialist in the research and studies program of the U.S. Institute of Peace and as acting director of Asia Society’s contemporary affairs program. He was a Pantech visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center during 2005-06, and received an Abe fellowship, administered by the Social Sciences Research Council, in 1998-99.

Snyder has authored numerous book chapters on aspects of Korean politics and foreign policy and Asian regionalism and is the author of China’s Rise and the Two Koreas: Politics, Economics, Security (2009), Paved With Good Intentions: The NGO Experience in North Korea (co-editor, 2003), and Negotiating on the Edge: North Korean Negotiating Behavior(1999). He has provided advice to NGOs and humanitarian organizations active in North Korea and serves on the advisory council of the National Committee on North Korea and Global Resource Services.

Snyder received a BA from Rice University and an MA from the regional studies East Asia program at Harvard University and was a Thomas G. Watson fellow at Yonsei University in South Korea.

http://www.cfr.org/experts/asia-north-korea-north-korea/scott-a-snyder/b845/bio

John Endicott

President

Woosong University

After 31 years in the military, 28 in the Air Force and three as a senior civilian in the Senior Executive Service, he joined the Faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology as a full professor. In 2008 he was awarded the title, Professor Emeritus after action of the Georgia Tech Faculty. During his military career he served as the Deputy Air Force Representative to the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations, was Associate Dean of the National War College, and Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies of Washington, D.C. Dr. Endicott started at Georgia Tech in 1989, founding the Center for International Strategy, Technology and was among the first members of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, also of Georgia Tech. In 1991 he first proposed a concept that became known as the Limited Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone for Northeast Asia. While still not realized, research and dialog continues on this concept through an organization of retired generals, admirals, academics and peace activists. Endicott heads the Interim Secretariat for that body and the 12th plenary meeting was held in Daejeon, South Korea in October 2008. Participants attended from China, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia and the United States. Observers from Argentina, Finland and France also attended. In August 2007, Endicott retired from Georgia Tech and became the Co-President of Woosong University and Vice Chancellor of the SolBridge International School of Business, an all-English college, one of the six colleges of Woosong University. In January 2009, Endicott became the President of Woosong University and continues in that post.

On the 8th of October 2010, Endicott was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, in a ceremony held at that university which dates to 1229. The Doctorate was awarded to mark the many years dedicated to the development of a cooperative security system for Northeast Asia, especially the concept for a Limited Nuclear Weapons Free Zone for Northeast Asia which was first introduced in 1991.

Kim Myungja
Kim Myungja has served as national assembly member and minister of the environment in the Republic of Korea. She currently serves as chairman of Green Korea 21, an NGO dedicated to promoting environmentally friendly solutions to contemporary problems. She is a central figure in Korea with regards to science policy and the author of “The Nuclear Dilemma,” a book detailing the opportunities presented and challenges posed by nuclear power.

Sok Chul Kim 

Dr. Sok Chul Kim graduated Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Department of nuclear and quantum engineering. He began his scientific career in 1984 at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute/Nuclear Safety Center.He has worked in the field of safety analysis especially on thermal hydraulics analysis for the simulation of nuclear reactor accidents. Since 1990, he had worked on regulatory review on the probabilistic safety assessment especially on external events including earthquake, fire and flooding and radiological consequence analysis in regard with nuclear accident as senior researcher.

In 1999, he joined International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a staff member (Reactor accident prevention specialist and nuclear security officer, P4) of Department of nuclear safety and security, division of nuclear installation safety.When he was in IAEA, he took more than 30 Agency missions and programs related to nuclear installation safety and security. Since 2002 just after September 11, he had deeply involved GIF (Generation IV International Forum) PRPP (Proliferation Resistance and Physical protection) as IAEA representatives and INPRO as area coordination on PRPP area since 2003. He, as scientific secretary or program officer, took part in drafting 10s of IAEA safety series and security series related to research reactor safety, external event PSA, sabotage protection, vital area identification an so on.

Until 2011, he was working on nuclear emergency and security as principal researcher and the head of nuclear emergency and security preparedness department at KINS. Currently, he is working on nuclear safety assessment for nuclear installations as a principal researcher at KINS.

Emanuel Pastreich

Emanuel Pastreich serves as director of the Asia Institute and professor at Kyung Hee University. In addition to his research on classical literature in East Asia, Pastreich conducts research on the impact of technology on society.

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