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What is Negotiating in a Crisis with the North Koreans Actually Like?

with Mark Minton

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In the autumn of 1996, a North Korean submarine inserting spy commandos into South Korea was beached on the shore there.  The commandos killed their own crew, then struck out overland to try to return across the border.  The South Korean army turned out to find them, eventually killing all but one of the commandos.  This incident caused a direct armed  confrontation between North and South Korea and threatened U.S. diplomacy with North Korea to contain its nuclear weapons program.  The instructor, then Director of Korean Affairs in the State Department, was dispatched for two weeks to negotiate with North Korean diplomats  to obtain the North Korean apology demanded by the South.  What was that like and what was the result? Reference Reading: Riding a Submarine to the Conference Table: a Case Study in U.S.- DPRK Diplomacy (Georgetown University 13-page case study based on this negotiation) (google it)

Mark is a career Foreign Service Officer with many tours in Korea, Japan, and at the United Nations. He served as Director of Korean Affairs in the State Department and Deputy U.S. Ambassador in Seoul. Formerly, he served as Ambassador to Mongolia.

  • Feb 16th, 2022
    Wed for 1 week from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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