Conference Call on the North Korea Crisis

The RAND Corporation will hold a media conference call on Thursday, April 20 to discuss the latest developments between North Korea, the United States, and China and answer questions from the news media.

Among the issues they will address:

  • The regional strategic implications of North Korea's nuclear program
  • How North Korean leadership culture influences decision-making in Pyongyang
  • Why North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons program
  • China's relations with North Korea and Beijing's strategic calculus vis-à-vis the Korean Peninsula
  • Why cooperation between China, the United States and South Korea will be vital in the event of a North Korean collapse
  • What other measures the United States can use on its own to deter North Korea from nuclear weapons.


Conference call for foreign policy, national security and defense reporters


11:30 a.m. E.T., Thursday, April 20, 2017


Bruce Bennett is a RAND senior international/defense researcher specializing in Northeast Asian military issues. His research has addressed issues such as future ROK military force requirements, the Korean military balance, counters to North Korean chemical and biological weapon threats in Korea and Japan, dealing with a North Korean collapse, potential Chinese intervention in Korean contingencies, changes in the Northeast Asia security environment, and deterrence of nuclear threats.

Mike Mazarr is an associate director of RAND Arroyo Center's Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, and a senior political scientist at RAND. His research focuses on U.S. defense policy and force structure, East Asian security, nuclear weapons and deterrence, and judgment and decision-making under uncertainty.

Andrew Scobell is a RAND senior political scientist. His research focuses on China with special attention to China's policy toward the Korean Peninsula and China's relationship with North Korea.


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