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Keith Luse: Mutual Understanding with North Korea - Is it a Bridge Too Far?

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With US talk of tougher sanctions, more pressure and possible military action with North Korea - what is on the horizon for relations between the two countries? North Korea has accelerated its weapons development, violating multiple UN Security Council resolutions without being deterred by sanctions, meanwhile much of the country's 25 million go hungry. Can we maintain mutual understanding and trust in this landscape of posturing? What's the path forward?  Join us for a candid talk with Keith Luse, executive director of the National Committee on North Korea, an NGO with significant expertise in (and with diverse perspectives on) North Korea - from humanitarian aid, food security, sanctions, and education, to nuclear security issues, economics, and rising tensions in the Korean peninsula


Keith Luse became Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea in July 2014. The National Committee on North Korea was founded by Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian and development organization, in 2004. Previously, Luse was the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse was also Staff Director for Senator Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member.

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