[KS] Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in US-North Korea Relations (Seminar at Stanford University)

Frank Joseph Shulman fshulman at umd.edu
Thu Feb 18 23:09:17 EST 2016

Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in US-North Korea Relations

Korea Program Seminar

Van Jackson, College of Security Studies, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Stanford University

Friday, February 26, 2016

How has North Korea managed to experience numerous foreign policy crises without escalation to war?  Why has North Korea been willing to repeatedly engage in small-scale attacks against the United States and its South Korean ally?  And why have U.S. officials in liberal and conservative presidential administrations only rarely taken North Korean threats seriously?  In this presentation of his newly released book, Rival Reputations: Coercion and Credibility in US-North Korea Relations, (Cambridge University Press), Dr. Van Jackson argues that these puzzles are best explained with reference to the weight of history in U.S. and North Korean foreign policy.  The book draws on the concept of reputation--the influence of past words and deeds on decision-making in the present--to explain patterns of hostile interactions in foreign policy between the United States and North Korea from 1960s through the present day.  The book's findings have major implications for the conduct of U.S. and South Korean foreign and defense policy toward North Korea.

12:00p.m. – 1:15p.m.

Philippines Conference Room

Encina Hall, 3rd floor, Central

Stanford University

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Excerpted from the Announcement Entitled "Shorenstein APARC Events for the Week of February 22"
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