Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Russia and North Korean Nuclear Weapons

Russia and North Korean Nuclear Weapons

Date : Thu., November 30, 2017 8:45 am to 12:00 pm Category : Conferences/Symposia, Category : FPRI in D.C.

Co-Sponsored by Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Asia Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars



Russia’s relations with North Korea are often ignored in the West, being overshadowed by China. Yet Russia has been a major player on the Korean Peninsula since the late 19th century. It was directly responsible for the creation of the North Korean state (the DPRK) and it still maintains a range of political, economic and social links. Indeed, Russia is now the only major country on more or less friendly terms with Pyongyang. We will therefore examine whether Russia can be engaged as a broker of negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, especially as our failure to restrain North Korea’s nuclear and missile program to date suggests it is time for a new strategy.

This conference will present the findings of a year-long research project on the current state of Russian-North Korean relations and the implications for US policy. The project has been conducted as a collaboration of researchers from the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies in Moscow.    

Topics and Speakers

Registration and Refreshments

11/30/2017 - 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

11/30/2017 - 9:00 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.

Panel 1: Russian-North Korean Relations

11/30/2017 - 9:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Artyom Lukin


Assoc. Professor of International Relations and Deputy Director of Research, School of Regional and International Studies, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok

Georgy Toloraya


Director, Asian Strategy Center, Institute of Economics, Russian Academy of Science

Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)

Chris Miller


Research Director, Eurasia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Assistant Professor of International History, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein


Associate Scholar, FPRI

Rensselaer Lee


Senior Fellow, FPRI


11/30/2017 - 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Panel 2: Implications for US Policy

11/30/2017 - 10:45 a.m. to 11:55 a.m.
Rensselaer Lee


Senior Fellow, FPRI

William Severe


Independent Consultant

Sue Mi Terry


Senior Fellow for Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jenny Town


Assistant Director, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

Adjournment/Closing Remarks

11/30/2017 - 11:55 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Rensselaer Lee

Senior Fellow, FPRI



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