Nuclear Security Conference


DATE: 10/5/2006

SENDER: Ronnie Hess, Director of Communications, UW-Madison Division of International Studies, (608) 262-5590,

EVENT CONTACT: Hope Rennie, Assistant Director, UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies, (608) 262-3643,


Nuclear Security in Northeast Asia to be Focus of UW-Madison Conference

Madison, WI – The University of Wisconsin- Madison will host a day-long workshop on “Nuclear Security in Northeast Asia,” Friday, October 13, 2006 in the Law School’s Lubar Commons. The workshop will bring together a group of innovative scholars studying Northeast Asian foreign policy, military developments, and social change from diverse geographical and methodological points of view. Speakers will include well-known experts on North Korea’s relations with South Korea, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States.

The day of panel presentations will culminate in a round-table discussion among the invited experts and will address such questions as:

  • How did we come to the present moment of heightened crisis on the Korean peninsula over nuclear security?
  • What role did different societies play in this history?
  • What can we expect in the near future?

The symposium has been organized by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE), and is being co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, DC. The workshop is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We hope to stimulate scholars to think more deeply about the applications of their research,” says Jeremi Suri, an associate professor of history at UW-Madison and the workshop’s lead organizer. Suri is also co-leader of WAGE’s “Governing Global Insecurities” research collaborative, which includes faculty and graduate students. “Too much of contemporary policy discussion is driven by short-term pressures and ad hoc analysis. We believe that this needs to change, particularly for policy-making around the Korean peninsula.”

Speakers at the workshop include:

  • Gregg Brazinsky, Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs, The George Washington University
  • Bruce Cumings, Professor of History, University of Chicago
  • Sung Chull Kim, Professor of Northeast Asian Studies, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University
  • Mitchell Lerner, Associate Professor of History, Mershon Center for International Security, Ohio State University
  • Sergey Radchenko, Visiting Professor of History, Pittsburgh State University
  • Scott Rembrandt, Director of Research & Academic Affairs, Korea Economic Institute
  • Kathryn Weathersby, Senior Associate, History and Public Policy Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

In addition to Suri, UW-Madison faculty Edward Friedman (Political Science), David Leheny (Political Science), and John Ohnesorge (Law) will also participate in the conference.

The workshop is linked to a course being offered this semester by the Center for East Asian Studies, Modern Korea: North & South, and conference participants will speak to the class.

“Student interest in Korea has been growing rapidly because South Korea is the seventh largest trading partner of the U.S. and North Korea is an important player affecting the future peace and security of the United States,” says Hope Rennie of the Center for East Asian Studies. “We are trying to meet our students’ needs for more information about Korea through events like this workshop and by expanding our Korean Studies course offerings.” About 50 students are enrolled in the class.

Further Details:

Event Title: Nuclear Security in Northeast Asia Workshop

Date: October 13, 2006

Time: 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM

Location: Lubar Commons, 7200 Law School, 975 Bascom Mall

Sponsors: The UW-Madison’s Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE); Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), Global Security Initiative, Division of International Studies; and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), Washington, DC.

Co-Sponsors: Korean Students and Scholars Association (KSSA); and the UW-Madison’s
East Asian Legal Studies Center (EALSC), Global Legal Studies Initiative (GLSI), with support from the University Lectures Committee

Cost: Free, and open to the publicXXX