The Problem of North Korea


A Discussion with Korea Expert Victor Cha CC’83

North Korea’s missile and nuclear testing has reached an unprecedented pace. These provocations take place in the context of two new administrations in the United States with President Donald Trump and in South Korea with President Moon Jae-in. What does North Korea want? How will the alliance respond to these challenges? What is the outlook for national security more broadly?

Professor Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and former director of Asian affairs at The White House National Security Council, will share some of his latest research related to these topics. 

This event is sponsored by Columbia College Alumni Association.

A networking reception will follow.


Victor Cha PhD, CC’83, is a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair. He is also director of Asian studies and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2007, he served as director for Asian affairs at the White House on the National Security Council (NSC), where he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing and received two Outstanding Service Commendations during his tenure at the NSC. He is the award-winning author of Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999), winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize; Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies, with Dave Kang (Columbia University Press, 2004); Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2009); and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Ecco, 2012), selected by Foreign Affairs magazine as a 2012 “Best Book on Asia and the Pacific.” His newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016).

Dr. Cha is a former John M. Olin National Security Fellow at Harvard University, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, and a Hoover National Fellow, CISAC Fellow, and William J. Perry Fellow at Stanford University. He holds Georgetown University’s Dean’s Teaching Award for 2010 and the Distinguished Research Award for 2011. Dr. Cha holds a BA, an M.I.A., and a PhD from Columbia University, as well as an MA from Oxford University.

November 30, 2017 at 6:00pm - 8pm

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