Strategic Assessment of a Hard Target: North Korea
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pmVirtual Event
SSP Wednesday Seminar with speaker Markus V. Garlauskas, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council.
North Korea's resolute advancement of its nuclear and missile programs, in defiance of international pressure, poses one of the top challenges to security and stability in the world today. Yet, as a secretive “hard target” closed to most outsiders and shrouded in falsehoods, it can be difficult for outside observers to discern fact from fiction on North Korea--particularly when trying to anticipate, or even understand, North Korea's behavior. Mr. Markus Garlauskas, formerly the US National Intelligence Officer for North Korea, and the designer of a new graduate course in Strategic Assessment of North Korea for Georgetown University's Security Studies program, has spent two decades helping top US civilian officials and military officers cut through this fog of uncertainty with his rigorous strategic analysis. In this discussion, he will share some of his own experiences dealing with North Korea issues, outline relevant strategic analytic methodologies, and provide some of the toplines of his own forecast on what to expect from North Korea in the months and years ahead.