Fallout: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and Indo-Pacific Security

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Kim Jong-Un A La Trobe Asia public event

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Wednesday 20 June 2018 06:00 pm until Wednesday 20 June 2018 07:30 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia
Email: asia@latrobe.edu.au; Phone: 03 9479 5513
Presented by:
Dr Michael D Cohen
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training

A shift is coming to the Korean peninsula. North Korea is on the cusp of being able to target the United States with nuclear weapons, and after sixty-five years of an uneasy peace, President Donald Trump has fundamentally shifted longstanding U.S. nuclear non-proliferation and North Korea policy in considering a meeting with young North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un.

If a summit goes ahead both will attend believing they have a position of strength, but the reality could be very different. An unrealistic desperation for concessions may well have unprecedented effects on inter-Korean tensions, the U.S.-ROK alliance and Indo-Pacific stability.

How does North Korea’s nuclear program destabilise the fragile Indo-Pacific order, how could the Trump-Kim talks produce denuclearisation, arms control or nuclear war, and what are the implications of all of this for Australia? What does the historical record reveal about the implications of North Korea’s nuclear program for regional stability?

Dr Michael Cohen is a Senior Lecturer at the National Security College, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and an expert on nuclear weapons proliferation and the Korean peninsula. He is the author of When Proliferation Causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises (Georgetown University Press: 2017) and co-editor of North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence (Georgetown University Press: 2017, with Sung Chull Kim).

This event is the Melbourne book launch of When Proliferation causes Peace: The Psychology of Nuclear Crises published by Goergetown University Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Level 2, Room 2.10, City Campus

360 collins st, Melbourne



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