Foreign Policy

What’s Next for North Korea?

April 11, 2018

 April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – After months spent debating missile tests and “bloody noses,” discussions about the Korean peninsula have mercifully—if unexpectedly—returned to diplomacy. President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un are now preparing for a historic summit.

As diplomats on both sides of the table rush to establish preliminaries, the Charles Koch Institute will host a timely debate with two of the nation’s leading Korea experts, Dr. Victor Cha (Georgetown University) and Dr. David Kang (University of Southern California.)

WHAT: A debate and discussion on the planned summit and the potential for coercive—and constructive—diplomacy with North Korea

WHO: Sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute, this debate will feature a conversation with experts Dr. Victor Cha of Georgetown University and Dr. David Kang of University of Southern California. Greg Jaffe, national security reporter for The Washington Post, will moderate.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, Doors Open at 6:30 PM (EDT)

Debate will begin promptly at 7:00 PM.

Speakers will be available for press inquiries following the program.

Hors d’oeuvres reception to follow.

 WHERE: W Hotel Washington, Studio Room (Lobby Level); The W Hotel Washington, 515 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20004


Press Must be Credentialed, please contact Stacia Komosinski at or 571-243-698 if you are a member of the press and plan to attend or have additional questions regarding the event.


Moderator Greg Jaffe is a reporter covering national security issues for The Washington Post, where he has been since March 2009. Previously, he covered the White House and the military for The Post. Before joining The Post, he worked at the Wall Street Journal and the Montgomery Advertiser.

Victor Cha holds the D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University. In 2009, he was also named as Senior Adviser for Asia and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He left the White House in 2007 after serving since 2004 as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.  At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand and Pacific Island nation affairs.  Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing, and received two Outstanding Service commendations during his tenure at the NSC.  He is the author of five books, including the award-winning Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press) (winner of the 2000 Ohira Book Prize), and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (Harper Collins Ecco, 2012) which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a “Best Book on the Asia-Pacific for 2012.” His newest book is Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, 2016). He has testified before Congress numerous times on Asian security issues.  In 2018, he joined NBC and MSNBC as a News Contributor.  Prior to joining NBC, he had been a guest analyst for various media including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Colbert Report, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Fox News, PBS, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC, and National Public Radio.  His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Foreign Policy, Japan Times, and Financial Times. He holds a B.A., an M.I.A., and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, as well as an M.A. from Oxford University.

Dr. David C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. He is director of both the USC Korean Studies Institute and the USC Center for International Studies. Kang’s latest book is American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He has authored four other books and has published scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Security. A regular consultant for U.S. government agencies and the military, Kang has also written opinion pieces in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and appears regularly in media such as CNN, PBC, the BBC, and NPR. A former Fulbright Scholar, Kang received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley.