Sending Office: Honorable Juan Vargas
U.S.-Korean Peninsula Relations at a Crossroad:
Summits, nuclear weapons, and the future of alliances
Friday, June 15, 2018
11:30am – 12:50 pm
2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Light lunch will be served
Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager, Amnesty International USA
Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association
Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Associate Professor, Ajou University
Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University
The National Bureau of Asian Research
Join the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA), Korea Foundation, and The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) for an informational briefing on U.S. relations with North Korea and South Korea. The discussion follows on the heels of what
is likely to be a historic summit on June 12 between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un.
Pursuant to any summit deal, careful consideration of the security, economic, and human rights implications of the agreement will be required. The United States is also balancing the goals and needs of South Korea, a key ally in the region. Our expert panelists
will provide a brief overview of the importance of and challenges for these relationships, an update on the state of relations between Washington and Pyongyang, and a look at what role Congress can play in managing a successful relationship with both Koreas.
Francisco Bencosme is the Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager at Amnesty International USA. Previously, he was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he assisted Democratic Senators on issues related
to East Asia/Pacific, South Asia, and State Department/USAID oversight. He also served as the President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and as a board member of the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association. Mr. Bencosme has a M.S. in
Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a graduate certificate from the USAF Air University, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.
Kelsey Davenport is the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan and on nuclear security
issues. Her areas of expertise include nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear and missile programs in Iran and North Korea, and nuclear security. She also reports on developments in these areas for
Arms Control Today and is the author of the P5+1 and Iran Nuclear Deal Alerts.
Ms. Davenport initially joined the Arms Control Association in August 2011 as the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow. Prior to this role, she worked for a Jerusalem-based think tank where she researched regional security issues and track II diplomatic negotiations.
She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. She holds an M.A. in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre
Dame. She graduated summa cum laude from Butler University with a B.A. in international studies and political science.
Abraham M. Denmark is Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which conducts independent research and hosts frank dialogues to develop actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration, and the
broader policy community on issues related to the Asia-Pacific. He also holds a joint appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.
Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Mr. Denmark served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia. Mr. Denmark previously worked at The National Bureau of Asian Research, the Center for a New American Security, and in the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Mr. Denmark has authored dozens of articles and edited several books on the Asia-Pacific and U.S. national security, including several editions of the
Strategic Asia book series. His commentary has been featured in major media outlets in the United States and in Asia.
In January 2017, Mr. Denmark received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He was made an Honorary Admiral in the Navy of the Republic of Korea. Mr. Denmark holds an M.A. in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of
International Studies at the University of Denver, and received a B.A. in History with Honors from the University of Northern Colorado. He has also studied at Peking University.
Dr. Heung-kyu Kim is currently a visiting researcher at Georgetown University (until August 2018). He is a founder of the China Policy Institute and a professor in the department of political science at Ajou University in South Korea. He
served as a board member of several governmental institutions including the Presidential Commission on Policy-Planning and the National Security Council. Kim has written more than 300 articles, books, and policy papers regarding Chinese politics and foreign
policy, and security issues in Northeast Asia. He was awarded the NEAR Foundation Academic prize of the year in Foreign Policy and Security in 2014. Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Alison Szalwinski is Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, where she directs program management and project development. In addition, she serves as project lead for several NBR initiatives, including NBR’s flagship Strategic
Asia Program; the U.S.-Korea Next Generation Leaders Program; and the People’s Liberation Army Conference.
She is the author of numerous articles and reports and co-editor of Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific (2017),
Strategic Asia 2016–17: Understanding Strategic Culture in the Asia-Pacific (2016), and
Strategic Asia 2015–16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific (2015). Prior to joining NBR, Szalwinski worked at the U.S. Department of State and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and
History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
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