Program Schedule

October 11, 2017

Location: Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania


1:00 – 1:15 pm Welcoming Remarks:
William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House; Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Claire Finkelstein, Co-founder and Faculty Director, CERL; Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

1:15 – 2:45 pm Panel 1: Should the United States enter into negotiations with North Korea to resolve its ongoing conflict?

This panel will address the overarching question of whether the U.S. should engage in negotiations with North Korea. On the one hand, negotiations might help legitimize the North Korean government and reward it for having unlawfully developed nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Negotiations might also undermine international efforts to deter the development of nuclear weapons elsewhere. On the other hand, the North Korea crisis is so severe and the nuclear stakes are so high that the U.S. may have little or no responsible choice but to pursue a negotiated arrangement. If the U.S. chooses not to engage in negotiations, what are its alternative strategies and are they likely to succeed? If negotiations did take place, what would be their goal: containment of the nuclear threat or restoration of full diplomatic relations? 

Moderator:  Professor Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Professor Bridget Coggins, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ms. Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association
Dr. Robert Litwak, Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Dr. Leon Sigal, Director, Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project, Social Science Research Council

2:45 – 3:00 pm Break 

3:00 – 4:30 pm Panel 2: Were the United States to enter into negotiations with North Korea, which strategies and tools would be most effective?

This panel will explore the dynamics of negotiations with North Korea if the U.S. decides to adopt this strategy. Are there any pre-conditions that should be met before negotiations commence? Would sanctions and threats of military force encourage or discourage negotiations? Which countries should participate in the negotiations? Should there be a third-party mediator? How should the United Nations be involved? What should the goals be and what kind of concessions should the U.S. be willing to make in order to attain those goals? How does North Korea view negotiations and how does it view the U.S.? And what can be learned from the negotiations on the Iran nuclear program?   

Moderator:  Professor Laurence Nathan, Advisor, Oxford Research Group Sustainable Security Programme; Director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa, University of Pretoria; Visiting Professor, Cranfield University


Professor Eileen Babbitt, Director of the Institute for Human Security and Professor of Practice of International Conflict Analysis and Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Professor Antonia Chayes, Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, Former Special Envoy for Six Party Talks with North Korea
Ms. Suzanne DiMaggio, Director and Senior Fellow, New America
Ambassador Mark Lippert, Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

4:30 – 5:00 pm Break 

5:00 – 6:30 pm Keynote Program

This portion of the symposium will consist of brief remarks by the keynote presenters, followed by a moderated conversation between them that addresses issues implicated in the foregoing panels, which in turn, will be followed by questions from the audience.

Governor Bill Richardson, Former Governor of New Mexico; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; former U.S. Member of Congress; former U.S. Secretary of Energy

Mr. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Moderator: Professor Claire Finkelstein, Co-founder and Faculty Director, CERL; Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania