RAND Experts Available on Nuclear Summit in South Korea

President Obama is attending the nuclear security summit in South Korea. The trip is scheduled to include talks with 50 world leaders and a visit to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.

RAND has several experts available to discuss issues related to the summit, including:

  • What are the potential consequences if North Korea conducts a third nuclear test, and if Pyongyang goes through with its announcement to launch a satellite in April?
  • How stable is the regime in Pyongyang ostensibly led by Kim Jong Un?
  • How can China influence North Korea from expanding its nuclear aims?
  • What steps can—and should—the West take to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
  • Is it inevitable that a terrorist group will acquire a nuclear weapon?
  • How serious could be the consequences of a terrorist nuclear weapon use against the United States?
  • What is the range of policy options available to the Obama administration?

Amb. James Dobbins is director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, and co-author of "Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran."

Amb. Charles Ries is director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy.

Lynn E. Davis is director of RAND's Washington office, and served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs under President Clinton. She is a co-author of "Iran's Nuclear Future: Critical U.S. Policy Choices."

Brian Michael Jenkins is senior advisor to the RAND president. He is the author of "Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?" and of several RAND monographs on terrorism-related topics.

Fred Wehrey is a senior policy analyst and co-author of "Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran."

Bruce Bennett is a senior defense analyst specializing in North and South Korea, particularly deterring North Korean provocations and nuclear threats. He is the author of "Uncertainties in the North Korean Nuclear Threat."

Andrew Scobell is a senior political scientist focusing on U.S.-China relations, including its influence over North Korea. He is co-author of "Conflict with China: Prospects, Consequences and Strategies for Deterrence."

Seth Jones is a senior political scientist specializing in counterterrorism, particularly Al Qa'ida. He is the author of the forthcoming book, "Hunting in the Shadows."


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