After Hanoi: Next Steps for the US and the DPRK

On February 27-28, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un met for a second time in hopes of making progress towards a DPRK denuclearization deal. However, the two leaders walked away from the Hanoi summit without a signed agreement.

With contrasting statements issued from the White House and DPRK Foreign Ministry regarding what unfolded during negotiations, experts from 38 North and the International Crisis Group will analyze what happened at the summit and examine the state of US-DPRK diplomacy. Panelists will review summit outcomes and implications for making a DPRK denuclearization deal and identify key takeaways, opportunities and challenges moving forward. Q&A to follow panel discussion.

Cohosted with the International Crisis Group


LAUREL MILLER, Director, Asia Program, International Crisis Group (Moderator)

As Director of Crisis Group’s Asia Program, Laurel leads the organisation’s research, analysis, and policy advocacy about and in the region. Prior to joining Crisis Group, Laurel was a senior foreign policy expert at the RAND Corporation, 2017-2018 and 2009-2013. From 2013 to mid-2017, Laurel was the deputy and then acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the US Department of State.

CHRISTOPHER GREEN, Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula, International Crisis Group

Christopher Green is Senior Adviser for the Korean Peninsula at Crisis Group, he supplies research and analysis on North and South Korean foreign and domestic policy, with a primary focus on North Korea’s relations with China, South Korea, and the United States, and a secondary focus on state-society relations inside North Korea.

JOEL WIT, Senior Fellow & Director, 38 North, Stimson Center

Joel S. Wit is a Senior Fellow with Stimson and Director of “38 North.” Wit is an internationally recognized expert on Northeast Asia security issues. As a US State Department official, he helped negotiate the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework and was subsequently in charge of its implementation until he left government in 2002, holding countless talks with North Korean officials, including the military and nuclear establishments.

JENNY TOWN, Research Analyst & Managing Editor, 38 North, Stimson Center

Jenny Town is a Research Analyst at the Stimson Center and the Managing Editor and Producer of “38 North,” a web journal that provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. She is the former Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS where she focused on North Korea, US-DPRK relations, US-ROK alliance, and Northeast Asia regional security.



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