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US-North Korean Diplomatic Challenges after Hanoi – A True Insider’s Perspective

Date: 3:30pm PDT March 18 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 102

  • Ambassador Joseph Yun
    Ambassador Joseph Yun

J.R. Howard Hall 102

Ambassador Joseph Yun, who is covering the Hanoi Summit between President Trump and DPRK Leader Kim Jong Un for CNN, will speak candidly at Lewis & Clark about the Summit and ongoing efforts to reduce tensions with North Korea.

Ambassador Yun retired last year as the State Department’s Special Representative for North Korea. He had received widespread media attention in that role after he negotiated the return of a detained American citizen from Pyongyang, and personally brought him back.

Ambassador Yun’s distinguished career also included assignments as US Ambassador to Malaysia and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, as well as postings in Paris, Indonesia, Thailand, and South Korea.

Former US Special Representative for North Korea Affairs, Ambassador Joseph Yun is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on relations with North Korea, as well as on broader US-East Asian policy. He headed of the State Department’s efforts to align regional powers behind a united policy to denuclearize North Korea from 2016 to 2018, and was instrumental in reopening a direct communication line with officials from Pyongyang, through which he was able to secure the release of American student Otto Warmbier, who had been held in captivity for 15 months.

During his 33-year career in the State Department, Ambassador Yun promoted face-to-face engagement as the best avenue for resolving conflict and advancing cross-border cooperation. Previous posts include US Ambassador to Malaysia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and embassy assignments in Seoul, Bangkok, Paris, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Now a senior analyst with the US Institute of Peace as well as a CNN global analyst, he writes and speaks internationally on the outlook for North Korean denuclearization and challenges to stability in East Asia and the Pacific.

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