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Album Title: North Korea: The Human Rights and Security Nexus
Date: February 19, 2016
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20036 Second Floor Conference Center
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North Korea:

The Human Rights and Security Nexus

Organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), George W. Bush Institute, National Endowment for Democracy, and Yonsei Center for Human Liberty

February 19, 2016

2nd Floor Conference Center

Center for Strategic and International Studies

1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20036

Friday, February 19, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration and Check-In

9:00 – 9:30 AM Opening Ceremony

Greetings

Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Professor, Georgetown University

Welcoming Remarks

Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy

Amanda Schnetzer, Director, Human Freedom, George W. Bush Institute

Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Joseph Phillips, Research Fellow, Yonsei Center for Human Liberty; Associate Professor, Pusan National University

9:30 – 10:50 AM Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

Chair:

Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Professor, Georgetown University

Panelists:

Michael Kirby, Chair, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea; former Justice of the Australian High Court

Sonja Biserko, Member, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea; President, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia

Signe Poulsen, Representative, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul, OHCHR

10:50 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:45 AM Special Address

Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State

11:45–12:15 PM Luncheon Break

12:15–1:30 PM Policy Prospects in 2016

Chair

Lindsay Lloyd, Deputy Director, Human Freedom, George W. Bush Institute

Panelists:

Robert R. King, Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues, U.S. Department of State

Sydney A. Seiler, Senior Adviser, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; former Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks, U.S. Department of State

Kurt Campbell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Asia Group, LLC; former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University

Choi Seok-young, former ROK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva

1:30 – 1:45 PM Coffee Break

1:45 – 3:00 PM New Research on North Korean Human Rights Documentation

Chair

Suzanne Scholte, Co Vice-Chair, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; President, Defense Forum Foundation

Panelists:

Ken E. Gause, Author of “North Korean House of Cards: Leadership Dynamics under Kim Jong-un”

David Hawk, Author of “The Hidden Gulag IV: Gender Repression and Prisoner Disappearances”; Senior Advisor, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK)

Joseph Bermudez Jr., Chief Analytics Officer, AllSource Analysis

 

Go Myong-Hyun, Research Fellow, Risk, Information and Social Policy Program, Center for Public Opinion and Quantitative Research, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

3:00 – 3:10 PM Break

3:10 – 4:25 PM Witness to Tyranny: Survival and Escape from the DPRK

Chair

Amanda Schnetzer, Director, Human Freedom, George W. Bush Institute

Panelists:

Grace Jo, Vice-President of NKinUSA

Lee Sungju, Consultant, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR)

Oh Sehyek, Researcher, Transitional Justice Working Group

Baek Buhm-Suk, Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Kyung Hee University

Hannah Song, President and CEO, Liberty in North Korea

4:25 – 4:30 PM Adjournment

Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Professor, Georgetown University

 

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