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The North Korean Nuclear Challenge

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Seeley Hall, Trinity College, University of Toronto

6 Hoskin Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H8


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North Korea’s recent spate of nuclear tests coupled with rising tensions between the Kim regime and the Trump administration has raised the specter of nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula and beyond. This high-level conference, featuring leading experts and policy-makers, explores the different dimensions of this evolving crisis and potential strategies to address it.

Conference Programme

Registration: 8:30am – 9:00am
Coffee and Light Breakfast Served

Welcome: 9:00am – 9:05am

  • Professor Mayo Moran, Professor of Law, University of Toronto and Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Trinity College, University of Toronto

Opening Remarks: 9:05am – 9:15am

  • Hon. William C. Graham, Founder of Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and Board Chair of the Canadian International Council

Keynote Address: 9:15am – 10:15am

  • Global Affairs Canada

Coffee: 10:15am – 10:30am
Coffee Served

Panel 1:The Nature of the North Korean Threat 10:30am – 12:15pm

  • Prof. Charles K. Armstrong, The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, Columbia University
  • Prof. Andre Schmid, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of East Asia Studies, University of Toronto
  • Ms. Jenny Town, Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
  • Dr. Adam Mount, Senior Fellow & Director, Defense Posture Project, Federation of American Scientists

Moderator: Prof. Don Rickerd, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Lunch: 12:15pm – 1:15pm
Lunch provided to Conference Attendees. (Please contact akoltun@thecic.org with any dietary restrictions prior to February 20, 2018.)

Panel Two: US-Korea Relations 1:15pm – 3:00pm

  • Mr. Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Prof. George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
  • Lt. Gen In-Bum Chun (retired), Republic of Korea Armed Forces
  • Prof. Kyung-Ae Park, The Korea Foundation Chair, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Colombia; and Director, Canada-DPRK Knowledge Partnership Program

Moderator: Prof. Jack Cunningham, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

Coffee: 3:00pm – 3:15pm

Panel Three: Future Prospects 3:15pm – 4:45pm


  • Ms. Andrea Berger, Senior Research Associate and Senior Program Manager at the James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies and Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council
  • Prof. James Fergusson, Deputy Director or the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Patrick McEachern, International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Centre

Moderator: Dr. Mark Sedra, Canadian International Council - confirmed

Closing Remarks: 4:45pm – 5:00pm

  • Prof. John English, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History


Is food provided to conference attendees?

Yes, the CIC will provide a catered continental breakfast and lunch to registered attendees. Please contact Andrew Koltun at akoltun@thecic.org with any dietary restrictions before February 20.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Paid street parking is available nearby. The closest subway stop is Museum Station.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Andrew Koltun at akoltun@thecic.org.

How do I qualify for the student rate?

Any currently enrolled student is qualified. You are just required to present valid student ID at the event registration check-in or your ticket rate will be adjusted to the general rate.

How do I qualify for the CIC member rate?

All current CIC members qualify for this rate. To purchase a membership, go to https://thecic.org/become-a-member/.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, but you must check in at the registration desk on the bottom floor of Trinity College's main entrance near the event signage.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, just email Andrew Koltun at akoltun@thecic.org.

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6 Hoskin Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H8


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