The featured speakers offered a combination of senior-level US government experience and analytical expertise and provided commentary on ways to manage and mitigate nuclear risks with North Korea in lieu of final and fully verified denuclearization. In a context of stalled diplomacy, the panel explored: the possibility of a restart of North Korean provocations and long-range missile tests; an extended testing moratorium; implications and recommendations for US and allied deterrence, both in terms of capabilities but also credibility; and the nuclear proliferation risks beyond North Korea, including increased domestic debate in both South Korea and Japan around developing indigenous nuclear capabilities.
- Moderator: Dr. Clint Work, Fellow for Stimson’s Security for a New Century and 38 North programs.
- Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Vann H. Van Diepen, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation
- Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association