Event

Now It’s Personal: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un on the Brink

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Students at the Pyongyang Orphans’ Secondary School, which is housed in a new brick-and-steel complex. In a class of ten- and eleven-year-olds, one boy asked, “Why is America trying to provoke a war with us?” Image by Max Pinckers/The New Yorker. North Korea, 2017.

Students at the Pyongyang Orphans’ Secondary School, which is housed in a new brick-and-steel complex. In a class of ten- and eleven-year-olds, one boy asked, “Why is America trying to provoke a war with us?” Image by Max Pinckers/The New Yorker. North Korea, 2017.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00PM
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Root Room
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Please join the Pulitzer Center on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, for an evening focused on North Korea in conversation with New Yorker journalist and author Evan Osnos and policy experts Robert Litwak and Katharine Moon.

Introductions by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer and remarks by Joan Rohlfing, president and chief operating officer of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Pulitzer Center Senior Editor Tom Hundley moderates.

Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation? Three days after President Trump’s “locked and loaded” tweet, Osnos, a Pulitzer Center grantee flew to Pyongyang at the invitation of the North Korean government. His remarkable dispatch for The New Yorker offers a rare, inside glimpse of how the Hermit Kingdom sees the outside world and, in particular, Donald Trump.

Osnos, a staff writer at the magazine, is also a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Trust, and Faith in the New China.”

Litwak is director of international security studies at the Wilson Center. He is an expert in the fields of nuclear proliferation/non-proliferation, security and defense, and foreign policy.

Moon is the Edith Stix Wasserman professor of Asian studies at Wellesley College and non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on the U.S.-Korea alliance and comparative social movements in East Asia.

Rohlfing, who has held senior positions with the U.S. Department of Energy as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security, is part of the original team that created NTI’s mission and scope. NTI is a donor to the Pulitzer Center for reporting and educational outreach on emerging nuclear threats.

Reception starts at 6 pm, presentation and panel start at 7 pm.