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Why the US Cannot Count on China to push North Korea to Denuclearize

Feb 12, 2014 04:30PM to 06:00PM

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Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, Director of Asia-Pacific Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace
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This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context.

While North Korea’s belligerent behavior has tested China’s patience, Beijing’s brief show of sternness following the third nuclear test has not translated into meaningful cooperation with the US on denuclearization.  This talk will examine the geopolitical calculations and domestic dynamics that underpin Beijing’s policy towards the DPRK, and will make recommendations for how US policy might take this into account.  

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt is Director of Asia-Pacific Programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  She is an expert on China affairs and has served in a number of important policy roles.  From 2008-2013, she established and managed the Beijing office of the International Crisis Group, engaging in research, analysis and promotion of policy prescriptions on the role of China in conflict areas around the world and in its relations with neighboring countries.

Kleine-Ahlbrandt worked as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that she worked for the United Nations for a decade where she focused on the African continent and served as Officer-in-Charge of the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Kleine-Ahlbrandt was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, investigated genocide and other human rights violations for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994-1995), and worked with the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Council of Europe.

Kleine-Ahlbrandt has written on China’s foreign policy, Chinese views of the strategic environment, Sino-U.S. relations, Chinese assessments of the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean peninsula, maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, China-Central Asian relations, China-Myanmar relations and China-Africa relations. Her writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit and the International Herald Tribune, as well as various edited volumes on Asian security. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is the author of a book on post-genocide Rwanda.

This talk is sponsored by the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program of the Woodrow Wilson School whose mission is to encourage research on China’s foreign relations and China within the international relations context.