Korea Club with Robert Collins
Thursday | October 20, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial
Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant
8240 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event will feature Mr. Robert Collins who will give a presentation entitled, "Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial."
Robert M. Collins is HRNK Non-resident Senior Adviser and author. He is a 37-year veteran employee of the U.S. Department of the Army and served for 31 years in various positions with the U.S. military in Korea, including several liaison positions with the Republic of Korea military. He finished his career in June 2009 as Chief of Strategy, U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command, Seoul, Korea. Mr. Collins served the 4-star U.S. commander as a political analyst for planning on Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian security issues. In that capacity, he developed strategies and policy and planning concepts in pursuit of U.S. and U.S.-ROK Alliance security interests relative to the North Korean threat and regional security challenges. Mr. Collins holds a B.A. in Asian History from the University of Maryland (1977), and an M.A. in International Politics with a focus on North Korean Politics from Dankook University (1988). He was an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Maryland University College from 1995 to 1999. He received the Republic of Korea Sam-il Medal (South Korean Order of National Security Merit, Fourth Class) from President Lee Myung-Bak and the U.S. Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service by the Secretary of the Army. Mr. Collins is currently a freelance writer focusing on Korean security issues and U.S. interests in Northeast Asia. He is the author of Pyongynag Republic: North Korea's Capital of Human Rights Denial (Washington, D.C.: HRNK 2016); Marked For Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System (Washington, D.C.: HRNK 2012); and Strategic Assessment of North Korean Human Environment During Crisis (United States Forces Korea’s Korean Battle Simulation Center). Mr. Collins is a regular contributor to HRNK's online publication,HRNK Insider.
Reception will begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check or cash.
RSVP is required for this program. Seating is limited. To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOO LAE OAK RESTAURANT IN TYSONS CORNER
The evening program will be held at Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant in Tysons Corner—see address above. The program will start at 6:30 pm with a cash bar, set up inside the Korea Club conference room on the 1st floor of the restaurant. For more information on Woo Lae Oak, please take a few minutes to visit the restaurant’s website: http://www.woolaeoak.com.
Woo Lae Oak is conveniently located in the heart of Tysons Corner. If you need assistance locating the restaurant, please call the restaurant (703-827-7300). Ample free parking is available in the restaurant’s multi-story parking garage.
FOR METRO RIDERS
Silver Line stop at Greensboro Metro Station. The restaurant is located just south of Greensboro Metro Station. Upon arriving at Greensboro Metro Station, please exit using the West Entrance Exit. For step-by-step directions, please use http://wmata.com.
Korea Club Directors
Jim Kelman Greg Scarlatoiu Sang Kim
Meridian International Center HRNK KEI
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