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The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

When George Bush took office in 2001, North Korea’s nuclear program was frozen. Kim Jong-Il had signaled to the outgoing Clinton administration he was ready to negotiate an end to his missile program. Today, North Korea has become a full-fledged nuclear power, with enough fissile material to stage an underground test in 2006 and manufacture as many as ten more warheads. How did the United States fail to prevent a long-standing adversary like North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons? Join this conversation with longtime CNN correspondent and North Korea expert Mike Chinoy as he discusses his new book Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis In conversation with John Delury—Associate Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society—Chinoy explains why North Korea remains a danger today and why it didn’t have to be this way. This event was held at the Asia Society.

Mike Chinoy joined the Annenberg School of Journalism in fall of 2006 as a visiting professor, teaching an international relations seminar for students going to Hong Kong. He is also a senior fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication. Chinoy recently completed his tenure as CNN's Senior Asia Correspondent, capping over thirty years of international journalism experience. After joining CNN at its London bureau in 1983, Chinoy served as Beijing Bureau Chief from 1987 to 1995. During that time he covered the 1989 events at Tiananmen Square, earning the CableACE, duPont and Peabody awards. He was also Hong Kong Bureau Chief for five years. His other awards include the Silver Medal from the New York Film Festival and Asian Television Awards for his reporting in Indonesia and Taiwan. In addition to his long history of reporting, Chinoy published a book called China Live: People Power and the Television Revolution (1999). Chinoy earned a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Yale University and an M.A. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
John Delury is Associate Director of Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations and Director of the China Boom Project. He taught Chinese history and politics at Brown University, and received his BA and PhD in history at Yale. His article, “North Korea: 20 Years of Solitude,” appeared in World Policy Journal (Winter 2008/09). He has also written for Far Eastern Economic Review, Policy Review, Project Syndicate and Journal of Asian Studies.