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Mel Gurtov on Engaging North Korea

Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th
1737 NW 26th Avenue
Portland, OR 97210, US (map)

Access Notes

The meeting room is on the second floor, but wheelchair-accessible by elevator.



Presentation by Mel Gurtov. Public discussion of the nuclear issue has focused on ways to deter, contain, or punish North Korea. South Korea’s efforts to create dialog with the North point to another approach: engagement. This talk assesses North Korea’s objectives, the differing U.S. and South Korean responses, China’s often misunderstood role, and the outlines of an engagement strategy. Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, and Senior Editor of the quarterly journal Asian Perspective.

From 1966 to 1971 he was on the staff of the RAND Corporation where he was a co-author of the Pentagon Papers. His most recent book is Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest.

All are welcome

Approximately 70 minutes or the 90-minute meeting is devoted each week to the main presentation.

Optional social hour and informal discussion follow.