North Korea: Prospects for  2019 and beyond

KRG presents its inaugural Washington, D.C. event to help policy-makers, senior researchers and business leaders better understand the year ahead for all-things DPRK.

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A unique look at what's to come in the year ahead on DPRK

Leveraging its uniquely neutral position in the DPRK information ecosystem, Korea Risk Group is proud to be presenting its first-ever Washington, D.C. event on January 17 at the House of Sweden venue in Georgetown. Featuring 12 guest speakers flying in from countries including the PRC, ROK, U.S. and in Europe, this exclusive three-panel event promises to offer some of the freshest insights and analysis to understand the year ahead.

DPRK: VIEWS FROM THE GROUND

With between 200-300 foreigners working inside DPRK throughout the year, this community is often first to witness new trends and developments. From this perspective, how do diplomats, aid workers and business people see recent developments relating to DPRK?

EVOLVING ECONOMY, SUSTAINED SANCTIONS

Faced with an ever-tightening sanctions regime in recent years, the DPRK economy has proved surprisingly resilient. But what explains the modest economic growth and just how sustainable is it absent a change in the sanctions regime?

CROSSROAD FOR KOREAS?

Though inter-Korean diplomacy resulted in a number of surprise developments in 2018, absent broader U.S. support going forward, what are  likely outcomes for this relationship in 2019? 
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Andrei Lankov – Director of the Korea Risk Group and Professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, Lankov is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost DPRK watchers.

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Thursday January 17, 2019
House of Sweden 
Washington, D.C.

Speakers and moderators include:

Barbara Demick – Demick was the former Seoul and Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times and is the author of "Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea".

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Chad O'Carroll – is CEO of Korea Risk Group and has written about North Korea from analytic & journalistic perspectives on NK Pro & NK News since 2010.

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Dagyum (Kate) Ji – Ji is a senior correspondent at NK News in Seoul, where she writes primarily with a focus on inter-Korean relations.

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Hamish Macdonald Macdonald is COO of Korea Risk Group and writes on NK Pro and NK News with a focus on sanctions and humanitarian aid / human rights.

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Jan Janowski – Janowski has served in Pyongyang multiple times for the German foreign ministry, currently working as First Secretary on DPRK issues in Berlin. 

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Laurent de Ruyt – served as DPRK mission head of the French NGO Première Urgence Internationale between Feb. 2017 and Nov. 2018, which focuses mostly on food security and nutrition issues.

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Martina Åberg Somogyi – served as Deputy Head of Mission in the Embassy of Sweden, Pyongyang, between 2016 and 2018. Martina continues to focus the topic from the DPRK desk in Stockholm.

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Tristan Webb – Webb is a regular contributor to NK Pro where he has served as a senior analyst since 2016. He specializes in sanctions, legal and economic issues.

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Simon Cockerell – General Manager of Koryo Tours, Cockerell has visited the DPRK over 150 times and is one of the world's leading authorities on North Korea tourism.

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Sung-Yoon Lee – Fletcher School Professor Lee is a leading commentator on DPRK sanctions issues, having provided analysis on the issue in dozens of leading media worldwide.

Ra Jong-yil – Former deputy director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in Seoul, Ra also served as the ROK's Ambassador to the UK and Japan.

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Peter Ward – Ward is a regular analytic contributor to NK Pro, where he focuses mainly on economic, business, and inter-Korean issues.

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Oliver Hotham – is the Managing Editor of specialist publication NK NewsHotham has focused on DPRK issues since 2013 and regularly commentates on int'l media.

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Date: Thursday, January  17, 2019
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm (lunch will be served)
For: NK Pro members & selected guests
Venue: House of Sweden, Washington, D.C.

 

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Andray Abrahamian – is a Koret Fellow at Stanford University and is the Associate Director of Research at the Choson Exchange not-for-profit in Singapore.

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