Guest: Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York http://www.ssrc.org/. He was a panelist at Arms Control Association’s annual meeting May 6, “Understanding the Tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the Next Steps for Washington.” His book, Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea, was named the 1998 book of distinction by the American Academy of Diplomacy. His other books include Negotiating Minefields: The Landmines Ban in American Politics; Reporters and Officials: The Organization and Politics of Newsmaking; Alliance Security: NATO and the No-First-Use Question (with John Steinbruner); Nuclear Forces in Europe: Enduring Dilemmas, Present Prospects, and Fighting to a Finish: The Politics of War Termination in the United States and Japan, 1945; Hang Separately: Cooperative Security Between the United States and Russia, 1985-1994, and numerous articles. Sigal served on the editorial board of The New York Times 1989-1995; the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State in 1979 as International Affairs Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director in 1980.
Mr. Sigal discusses what North Korea hopes to achieve by its threats; how the world perceives their long-range rocket launch in December, underground nuclear test in February, and recent removal of two Musudan missiles from a launch site on the east coast; likelihood Japan or South Korea would preemptively strike NK; will President Park’s visit to Washington D.C. ignite new threats from NK; Will ROK and U.S. emerge with something more than a pat joint statement of continued cooperation; bringing China into the peace process between North and South Korea; why “strategic patience” diplomacy has failed with NK; Asia nuclear policy and cooperative security; what U.S. Policy should be towards the Korean Peninsula.