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The Impossible State

English, National/National politics/National assembly, 1 season, 115 episodes, 2 days, 18 hours, 33 minutes
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North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to [email protected].
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Special Discussion with Ambassador Philip Goldberg

In this episode, Dr. Cha and Ambassador Philip Goldberg explore the latest developments on the Korean peninsula and the U.S.-ROK alliance. Topics will include Korea's unique aspects as seen by Ambassador Goldberg; his priorities for U.S.-Korea relations; and the significance of recent regional developments, including the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral meeting, the Japan-ROK-China trilateral dialogue, and North Korea's recent provocations and ties with Russia.
6/14/202434 minutes, 52 seconds
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Breaking Bad: South Korea's Nuclear Option

This bonus episode is from Breaking Bad: South Korea's Nuclear Option Report Rollout Event on April 29, 2024. Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair, conducted the first U.S. multi-question polling of strategic elites in South Korea on the nuclear question. The new findings of this study “Breaking Bad: South Korea's Nuclear Option” have significant policy implications and the author provides several recommendations for the United States. 
5/2/202443 minutes
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Assessing South Korea's National Assembly Election

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, professor at King's College London, KF-VUB Korea Chair, and adjunct fellow of Korea Chair at CSIS, to discuss the National Assembly election results, how the election will affect President Yoon's foreign policy, and what the outlook is moving forward.
4/18/202444 minutes, 59 seconds
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Diplomacy or Crisis with DPRK in 2024?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Jung Pak, deputy assistant secretary of state for Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands and the U.S. senior official for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the US Department of State, to discuss the Biden administration's North Korea policy, DPRK-Russia cooperation as well as what to expect from North Korea in 2024.
3/22/202425 minutes, 5 seconds
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Biden Administration's North Korea Policy

This bonus episode is from the JoongAng - CSIS Forum 2024: The Polycrisis in 2024 on March 3, 2024. Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Indo-Pacific Affairs, White House National Security Council had a conversation with Victor Cha, Senior Vice President for Asia, CSIS to discuss Biden Administration’s North Korea Policy.
3/7/202419 minutes, 39 seconds
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Is North Korea Really Ready for War?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Sung-han Kim, Former ROK National Security Advisor and Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University, to discuss North Korea's current situation and recent developments as well as what to expect from North Korea in 2024.
2/15/202452 minutes, 1 second
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Slow Boil: What to Expect from the DPRK in 2024

In this episode, Dr. Ellen Kim is joined by Dr. Victor Cha to discuss the Korea Chair's latest publication, Slow Boil: What to Expect from the DPRK in 2024, the likelihood of increased North Korean belligerence in 2024 and how it ties to the upcoming U.S. election. 
1/31/202423 minutes, 7 seconds
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Anything Afoot in Japan-DPRK Relations in 2024?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. James Brady to discuss the recent earthquake, the political fundraising scandal, and speculation regarding Japan-DPRK relations in 2024.
1/16/202444 minutes, 48 seconds
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U.S.-ROK Alliance Under Trump 2?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Mr. Scott Snyder to discuss the upcoming external and internal pressures on the U.S.-South Korea alliance and what a second Trump Administration would mean for the Korean peninsula.
12/20/202333 minutes, 29 seconds
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Japan's Foreign Policy in 2024

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Ms. Yuki Tatsumi to explore Japan's foreign policy outlook for the upcoming year. 
12/4/202340 minutes, 18 seconds
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U.S.-Japan-ROK Relations: Next Steps After Camp David

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Katrin Katz to discuss the US-Japan-ROK trilateral relationship following the Camp David Summit, what to expect moving forward, and the challenges the US-Japan-ROK face in China, North Korea, and Russia.
11/9/202343 minutes, 10 seconds
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The War in Ukraine and Russia-North Korean Arms Transfers: What's Next?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Ms. Jill Dougherty to discuss the current state of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, the motivations of the DPRK following the Kim-Putin summit, and China's support for Russia's war.
10/20/202338 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Sister

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee to discuss his recent book, The Sister, and Kim Yo Jong's prominent role both inside and outside the state.  
10/5/202338 minutes, 46 seconds
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A Renewed Axis: Putin and Kim

In this episode, Dr. Ellen Kim is joined by Dr. Angela Stent and Dr. Victor Cha to discuss the second summit between Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, the significance of the meeting at the spaceport, and the reactions of the United States and South Korea to this summit.
9/19/202325 minutes, 36 seconds
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South Korea's Role in a Taiwan Contingency

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Sungmin Cho to discuss South Korea's role in deterring North Korea's opportunistic aggression in a Taiwan contingency and providing rear area support.
9/6/202331 minutes, 45 seconds
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Reviewing the Camp David Trilateral Summit

This bonus episode is from the Reviewing the Camp David Trilateral Summit Event on August 29, 2023. Dr. Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs on the National Security Council, Ambassador Cho Hyundong of the Republic of Korea and Ambassador Tomita Koji of Japan discuss the summit and future trilateral relations.
8/30/202354 minutes, 34 seconds
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A Week of Detention and Deterrence on the Korean Peninsula

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Andrew Yeo to discuss a U.S. soldier who crossed into North Korea, short-range ballistic missiles conducted by North Korea, and the newly formed NCG between the United States and South Korea.
7/27/202326 minutes, 20 seconds
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Can the Downward Spiral in China-Korea Relations be Stopped?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Ms. Bonnie Glaser to discuss the relations between South Korea and China, the upcoming NATO summit in July, and the relationship between China and North Korea during the COVID lockdown.
7/3/202334 minutes, 7 seconds
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Deep Dive: North Korea's Missile Threats

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Mr. Ankit Panda to discuss the recent North Korea's military spy satellite launch from the Sohae satellite launch site, North Korea's weapons development, and the 7th nuclear test.
6/14/202343 minutes, 55 seconds
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Republic of Korea State Visit Policy Debrief with DAS Mark Lambert: Live from Georgetown University

This bonus episode is from Georgetown University's Asian Studies Program Event on May 5th. Dr. Victor Cha is joined by special guest Mark B. Lambert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State for a debrief on President Yoon’s State Visit to Washington and related policy discussion.
5/19/202346 minutes, 58 seconds
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Yoon's China Policy: The Gloves are off?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo to discuss the recent Biden-Yoon Summit from the European perspective, Yoon's policy regarding China, economic coercion, and North Korea. 
5/15/202339 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Biden-Yoon Summit: Success or Not?

In this episode, Victor Cha is joined by Jinmyung Kim, Washington correspondent for the Chosun Ilbo, to discuss the significance of Yoon's state visit and the takeaways on North Korean denuclearization and trilateral relations with the United States, Korea, and Japan.
5/8/202345 minutes, 8 seconds
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Unpacking North Korea’s Isolation- The CommonHealth Crossover Episode

In a crossover episode with CSIS's The CommonHealth, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center at CSIS, to discuss an update on what we know, suspect, and do not know about North Korea still in extreme isolation from the rest of the world; the status of its Covid outbreak and response; the heightened risk of famine; and the burgeoning exchange of North Korean weapons and ammunition in return for Russian food and energy.
4/24/202331 minutes, 4 seconds
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Should We Sign a Peace Treaty with North Korea?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Ms. Jenny Town and Mr. Frank Aum to discuss the incentives versus pressure debate, rethink working theories around sanctions and China’s role in negotiations, and explore how North Korea is affected by its changing external security environment.
4/3/202345 minutes, 46 seconds
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Do Sanctions Really Work on North Korea?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Soo Kim and Mr. Anthony Ruggiero to discuss sanctions on North Korea, the history of sanctions, how to measure its effectiveness, China’s reaction to sanctions and ultimately answer the question of whether sanctions really works on North Korea.
3/7/202348 minutes, 20 seconds
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National Strategy for Countering North Korea

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Ambassador Robert Joseph and Greg Scarlatoiu to discuss their recently released report for the National Institute for Public Policy regarding North Korea's current human rights situation, the Kim family regime, and the North Korean human rights movement ten years after the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK.
2/15/202343 minutes, 51 seconds
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Japan's New National Defense Strategy: Implications for Korea

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Mr. Christopher B. Johnstone to discuss the implications of Japan’s new National Defense Strategy for the United States and Korea, the Biden-Kishida Summit, and ROK-Japan bilateral relation.
1/20/202331 minutes, 59 seconds
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Countering Chinese Economic Coercion and NK’s Latest Test

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha discusses his new Foreign Affairs essay on what the U.S. and allies should do to counter Chinese economic coercion, plus a discussion of North Korea’s latest ICBM engine test.
12/16/202228 minutes, 22 seconds
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South Korea’s National Security and the Current Situation on the Korean Peninsula

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Chung Min Lee, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) and Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST), to discuss his recent report on South Korea’s national security and defense review, and the relationship between ROK-Japan, DPRK, and China under the Yoon administration.
12/12/202236 minutes, 43 seconds
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Japan-Korea Relations and DPRK's ICBM Launch

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Professor Yasuyo Sakata, professor of international relations at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan to discuss bilateral Korea-Japan relations, trilateral U.S.-Korea-Japan cooperation and the North Korean growing threat.
11/21/202234 minutes, 46 seconds
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Korea’s IRA reaction and 2022 National Defense Strategy on North Korea

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Mr. Christian Davies, Seoul bureau chief of the Financial Times, to discuss the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the Korean context, North Korea's nuclear tensions, and the 2022 National Defense Strategy report on North Korea.
11/4/202247 minutes, 5 seconds
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Shrimp to Whale: South Korea from the Forgotten War to K-Pop

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, professor at King's College London and KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, to discuss his recently published book, Shrimp to Whale: South Korea from the Forgotten War to K-Pop, North Korea's recent missile tests and military capabilities, as well as South Korea's response to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
10/14/202232 minutes, 57 seconds
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VP Harris' Trip to Korea and the Current Situation on the Korean Peninsula

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Ms. Jenny Town, Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center and Director of Stimson's 38 North Program, to discuss Vice President Harris' visit to Korea on September 29th, the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and how the war in Ukraine and the situation in Taiwan Strait affect Korean policy and North Korean calculations.
9/28/202230 minutes, 13 seconds
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Abe's Legacy on Japan-Korea Relations

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Mr. Nicholas Szechenyi, Senior Fellow with the Japan Chair and Deputy Director for Asia at CSIS, to discuss Abe's death, the implications of the Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese defense security reform under Prime Minister Kishida, as well as trilateral cooperation between the United States, Japan, and Korea.
9/12/202235 minutes, 5 seconds
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Best of the ROK-US Strategic Forum 2022: Normalization of Korea-Japan Relations

In Session 2, " Normalization of Korea-Japan Relations," of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2022, speakers Dr. Choi Eunbong, Dr. Ellen Kim, Dr. Sheila Smith, Dr. Sohn Yul, and Dr. Yoon Young-kwan discussed ways to improve the bilateral relationship between South Korea and Japan.
8/30/20221 hour, 5 minutes, 24 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2022: The Biden-Yoon Summit and Korea’s Pivot to Regional Leadership

In Session 1, "The Biden-Yoon Summit and Korea’s Pivot to Regional Leadership," of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2022, speakers Dr. Victor Cha, Dr. Ma Sangyoon, Mr. Robert Rapson, Dr. Yoon Young-kwan, and Amb. Mark Lippert discussed the U.S.-Korea alliance, the potential cooperation opportunities, and North Korea issues.
8/26/20221 hour, 1 minute, 7 seconds
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NK Leadership and The Sister

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee from Tufts University to discuss the nature of North Korean leadership throughout three generations, Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un, as well as the rise of Kim Yo-jong, the subject of Dr. Lee's forthcoming book, The Sister.
8/17/202236 minutes, 17 seconds
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State, Society and Markets in North Korea

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Andrew Yeo, senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at the Brookings Institution's Center for East Asian Policy Studies, and professor of politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., for a conversation on his latest book, "State, Society and Markets in North Korea," an overview of North Korea's market history, state-market relationships, COVID-19 impacts on markets, and reflections on U.S. policy perspective.
7/28/202235 minutes, 59 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2022: Keynote Address by Daniel J. Kritenbrink

This special episode is from the 7th annual ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum on June 6, 2022, CSIS Korea Chair's premier international forum bringing together policymakers, experts, and officials to discuss US-ROK alliance issues. Moderated by Amb. Mark Lippert, Daniel J. Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, delivers a keynote address on the U.S.- ROK Alliance.
7/7/202226 minutes, 11 seconds
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North Korea's Missile Threat - The Truth of the Matter Crossover Episode

In a crossover episode with CSIS's The Truth of the Matter, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz talk about what is expected to be North Korea's seventh nuclear test and its repercussions - from our recent Beyond Parallel report.
6/30/202223 minutes, 48 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2022: Welcoming Remarks by Lee Geun and Keynote Address by Wang Yunjong

This special episode is from the 7th annual ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum on June 6, 2022, CSIS Korea Chair's premier international forum bringing together policymakers, experts, and officials to discuss US-ROK alliance issues. Lee Geun, the president of the Korea Foundation opens the event with welcoming remarks. The Secretary to the President for Economic Security, Wang Yunjong, delivers a keynote address on economic security, supply chains, and the ROK-U.S. cooperation.
6/23/202225 minutes, 9 seconds
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Korea-US-China Relations

In this episode, Andrew Schwartz and Victor Cha are joined by Ellen Kim, the deputy director of the Korea Chair at CSIS, and Jonathan Cheng, China bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, for a discussion on the relationship between the United States, China, and Korea, including issues related to economics, foreign policy, and the current situation in Taiwan and North Korea.
6/14/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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Takeaways from the First Biden-Yoon Summit

In this episode, Andrew Schwartz and Victor Cha are joined by Christian Davies, Seoul Correspondent for the Financial Times to discuss the Biden-Yoon summit on May 21 as well as the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, North Korea's missile and nuclear threat, and China's response to Biden's active agenda in Asia.
5/26/202237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Covid-19 Outbreak in North Korea

In this episode, Andrew Schwartz and Victor Cha are joined by J. Stephen Morrison to discuss the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea - which CSIS predicted back in March, the impact of the pandemic on the unvaccinated country, and the road ahead amidst ongoing health and food crises worsened by an extreme lockdown.
5/19/202225 minutes, 4 seconds
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North Korea’s Burgeoning Missile Threat

In this episode, Andrew Schwartz is joined by Victor Cha and Tom Karako to discuss the implications of the current conflict in Ukraine on North Korea's missile threat. They also discuss what it means for North Korea's capability going forward and what practical steps can be taken to accomplish denuclearization.
5/4/202222 minutes, 16 seconds
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The North Korean Missile Threat: Expert Roundtable

This bonus episode is from our second Tipping Points event, The North Korean Missile Threat: Expert Roundtable. Dr. Victor Cha hosted an expert roundtable on North Korea's latest missile developments, including the current state of their ballistic missile force, and how they may have advanced their technologies so quickly. He was joined by Joe Bermudez of CSIS, Markus Garlauskas of the Atlantic Council, Ankit Panda of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Sue Mi Terry of the Wilson Center.
4/1/202258 minutes, 45 seconds
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2022 South Korean Presidential Election

This bonus episode is from the CSIS Korea Chair’s YouTube series, The Capital Cable. Amb. Mark Lippert, Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. Sue Mi Terry were joined by an expert panel of Korean and American journalists, as well as opinion polling and foreign policy experts to discuss the results of the tightly-contested 2022 South Korean presidential election.
3/17/202245 minutes, 38 seconds
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Yoon Seok-yeol's Foreign Policy with Kim Sung-han

This bonus episode is from the CSIS Korea Chair’s YouTube series, The Capital Cable. Amb. Mark Lippert is joined by special guest Dr. Kim Sung-han, former vice foreign minister and foreign policy advisor to South Korean presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol of the People Power Party, Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. Sue Mi Terry of the Wilson Center for a discussion on former Prosecutor-General Yoon’s foreign policy agenda.
2/14/202249 minutes, 58 seconds
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Undeclared NK Missile Base 15 Miles from China Border

In this episode, Andrew Schwartz is joined by Victor Cha and Joe Bermudez to talk about the new CSIS report on the Hoejung-ni missile operating base, which is located just 15 miles from the Chinese border, and will, according to informed sources, likely house a regiment-sized unit equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
2/9/202224 minutes, 3 seconds
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A Look at the South Korean Presidential Election

In this episode, Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Sue Mi Terry of the Wilson Center and Christian Davies of The Financial Times for a conversation on everything you need to know about the upcoming March 2022 South Korean presidential election.
1/31/202238 minutes, 34 seconds
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Lee Jae-myung’s Foreign Policy with Wi Sung-lac

This bonus episode is from the CSIS Korea Chair’s YouTube series, The Capital Cable. Amb. Mark Lippert is joined by special guest Amb. Wi Sung-lac, former vice foreign minister and foreign policy advisor to South Korean presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung of the Democratic Party of Korea, Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. Sue Mi Terry of the Wilson Center for a discussion on Governor Lee’s foreign policy agenda.
1/14/202243 minutes, 3 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021: Trilateralism and U.S.-ROK Alliance in Indo-Pacific Region

In Session 3, "Trilateralism and U.S.-ROK Alliance in Indo-Pacific Region" of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021, speakers Andrew Yeo, Alex Wong, Kim Hyun-wook, Kim Ji-young and Victor Cha discussed U.S., Japan and South Korea trilateral relations and what it means for the Indo-Pacific region.
12/9/202150 minutes, 20 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021: Denuclearization and Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Is There a Way Forward?

In Session 2, "Denuclearization and Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Is there a way forward?," of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021, speakers Dr. Sue Mi Terry, Mr. Richard J. Johnson, Dr. Yoon Young-kwan, Dr. Sheen Seong-ho and Dr. Kim Joon-hyung discussed the prospects and the way forward for denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula with a new administration in South Korea in 2022.
12/6/202158 minutes, 39 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021: U.S.-China Competition and the Alliance

In Session 1, "U.S.-China Competition and the Alliance: To Hedge or to Choose?," of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021, speakers Dr. Evan Medeiros, Mr. Randall Schriver, Dr. Kim Joon-hyung, Dr. Ma Sangyoon, Dr. Sohn In-Joo and Amb. Mark Lippert discussed the U.S.-China competition and what it means for Korea and the U.S.-ROK alliance.
12/3/202156 minutes, 14 seconds
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Best of the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021: Keynote Address by First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun

In the keynote address for the ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2021, First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong Kun of the Republic of Korea explained South Korea's foreign policy, the ROK-U.S. alliance, inter-Korea relations and an end-of-war declaration and peace process on the Korean peninsula.
12/1/202135 minutes, 27 seconds
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Dovish Hawk? South Korea’s Military Buildup

In this episode, Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Lami Kim, Assistant Professor at the U.S. Army War College, and a CSIS-USC U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar for a conversation on their recent op-eds in Foreign Affairs and War on the Rocks, military buildup under South Korean president Moon Jae-in, and options for dealing with the North Korean crisis.  Dr. Victor Cha, Foreign Affairs: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-korea/2021-09-22/last-chance-stop-north-korea   Dr. Lami Kim, War on the Rocks: https://warontherocks.com/2021/09/a-hawkish-dove-president-moon-jae-in-and-south-koreas-military-buildup/
10/8/202128 minutes, 39 seconds
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North Korean Human Rights and the Biden Administration

In this episode, Victor Cha is joined by Amb. Robert King, the former special envoy for North Korean human rights, and Mr. Lindsay Lloyd, Bradford M. Freeman Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute for a conversation on North Korean human rights.
9/14/202135 minutes, 8 seconds
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North-South Summit Diplomacy Redux

In this episode, Victor Cha is joined by Sue Mi Terry of CSIS and Soo Kim of RAND Corporation for a discussion on recent developments in inter-Korean relations and regime instability in North Korea.
8/9/202137 minutes, 58 seconds
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Biden-Moon Summit Recap: North Korea, Supply Chains, and Covid-19

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Sue Mi Terry of CSIS and special guest Mr. Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations to give their assessments of the recently concluded Biden-Moon summit, and where they see U.S.-ROK relations moving forward, including on Covid-19, vaccines, supply chains, North Korea policy, China and Japan.
6/4/202132 minutes, 1 second
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The Biden-Moon Summit

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Sue Mi Terry of CSIS to talk about the Biden-Moon summit, the first summit meeting between the two leaders. They discuss North Korea policy, vaccine diplomacy, sports and the Tokyo Olympics and deliverables for the summit. 
5/20/202127 minutes, 54 seconds
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An Engagement Strategy for Hawks

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Sue Mi Terry and Mr. Eric Brewer to talk about their op-ed for Foreign Affairs outlining a realistic bargain with North Korea, what we know of the trilateral meeting among U.S.-Japan-Korea national security advisors in Annapolis last week, and what to expect of Biden’s North Korea policy moving forward.
4/6/202135 minutes, 26 seconds
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Parsing “Denuclearization” of North Korea

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Michael Green and Dr. Sue Mi Terry of CSIS to talk about the results of the “2+2” meetings by Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin in Japan and Korea last week, and the path forward for U.S. diplomacy with North Korea.
3/23/202132 minutes, 15 seconds
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North Korean Cyber Threats and the "2+2"

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Sue Mi Terry of CSIS and Ms. Jenny Jun of Columbia University to talk about North Korean cyber threats and the upcoming “2+2” meetings in Japan and South Korea this week.
3/15/202127 minutes, 18 seconds
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Covid-19 in North Korea

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. J. Stephen Morrison of CSIS and Dr. Kee Park of Harvard Medical School to talk about Covid-19 in North Korea. They discussed what we know and don't know about the lockdown and the severity of the health situation there, and what to expect moving forward with how the Biden administration and the international community will deal with the pandemic in North Korea.
2/17/202134 minutes, 22 seconds
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Biden’s Korea Policy

In this first episode of 2021, Andrew Schwartz, Dr. Victor Cha, and Dr. Sue Mi Terry discuss the new Biden administration’s Korea policy and what to expect from North and South Korea.
1/25/202124 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Outlook for North Korea's Economy Post-Pandemic

On December 1st, the CSIS Korea Chair held a special discussion on the state of North Korea’s economy today and what scenarios could be expected for its economy in the future. The panels examined the impact of sanctions, Covid-19, and natural disasters on North Korea’s trade, industry, markets, and finance sector. The experts also explored potential scenarios for North Korea’s economy in the event of a diplomatic breakthrough on denuclearization. In this episode, we highlight the keynote address that opened up the session from Mr. Alex Wong, deputy assistant secretary for North Korea in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and deputy special representative for North Korea, U.S. Department of State. Please click here to watch the full online event.
12/18/202020 minutes, 32 seconds
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U.S.-Korea-Japan Trilateral Cooperation Under a New Biden Administration

In this episode, Andrew and Dr. Victor Cha invite a panel of guests to discuss the state of trilateral relations between Japan, South Korea, and the United States. To analyze what events have shifted the relationships, we are joined by Dr. Michael Green, Dr. Eva Pejsova, and Dr. Ramon Pacheco-Pardo. Dr. Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at CSIS, and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Dr. Pejsova is senior japan fellow at the Institute for European Studies of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB), and associate fellow at the French Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS). Dr. Pacheco-Pardo is Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB) and reader (associate professor) in International Relations at King's College London.
12/15/202033 minutes, 13 seconds
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A New Strategy for North Korea

In this episode, Andrew Schwartz, Dr. Victor Cha, and Dr. Sue Mi Terry discuss how President-elect Joe Biden should approach diplomacy with North Korea, as it remains one of the U.S.'s top national security priorities. They expand on Dr. Cha's recent Foreign Affairs article, "Engaging North Korea Anew," to analyze what methods have been unsuccessful in the past and what new strategies could be helpful for the incoming administration.
11/24/202029 minutes, 22 seconds
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Nuclear South Korea?

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha is joined by Dr. Toby Dalton and Dr. Sue Mi Terry to discuss the U.S.-South Korea alliance and what that could mean for South Korean nuclear proliferation. They draw on Dr. Dalton and Ain Han's article, "Elections, Nukes, and the Future of the South Korea-U.S. Alliance," to unpack South Korean opinions on acquiring nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula, as well as how the November 2020 U.S. elections could affect future security relations between the alliances. Dr. Toby Dalton is co-director and a senior fellow of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously, he served in a variety of high-level positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including acting director for the Office of Nuclear Safeguards and Security; and senior policy advisor to the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security.
11/2/202033 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bonus Episode: The Capital Cable with Caroline Kennedy

This episode is from the CSIS Korea Chair's live YouTube series, "The Capital Cable." Special guest Ambassador Caroline Kennedy joins Ambassador Mark Lippert, Dr. Victor Cha, and Dr. Sue Mi Terry for a conversation on her time as ambassador to Japan (2013-2017), the U.S.-Korea-Japan trilateral relationship, and the importance of female leadership in national security.
10/16/202042 minutes, 31 seconds
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Democratic Erosion

In this episode, Dr. Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Gi-Wook Shin to discuss the state of South Korea's democracy. Dr. Shin draws on his recent article "Korean Democracy is Sinking under the Guise of the Rule of Law," to examine signs of democratic backsliding in the Moon administration, and considers it part of a broader trend in a global decline of democracy. Dr. Gi-Wook Shin is director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea in the Sociology Department and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a professor of sociology, all at Stanford University.
10/5/202026 minutes, 19 seconds
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North Korea's Triple Whammy

In this episode, Victor Cha and Andrew Schwartz are joined by Dr. Seong-Ho Sheen and Chad O'Carroll to discuss all of the tough issues North Korea is currently facing including concerns over Covid-19, monsoon floods, food shortages, and sanctions. They also think ahead on the U.S. presidential election, and how its outcome could affect relations with North Korea. Dr. Seong-Ho Sheen is a professor of international security and East Asia at the Graduate School of International Studies at Seoul National University. Chad O'Carroll is the CEO and Founder of Korea Risk Group and NK News.
9/10/202030 minutes
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Bonus Episode: The Capital Cable with Tae Young-ho

This episode is from the CSIS Korea Chair's live YouTube series "The Capital Cable". Special guest Honorable Tae Young-ho joins Ambassador Mark Lippert, Dr. Victor Cha, and Dr. Sue Mi Terry for a conversation on North Korea, inter-Korea relations, human rights and life as a National Assemblyman. Hon. Tae Young-ho is currently a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. He was also formerly the deputy chief of mission at the Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom.
8/31/202043 minutes, 43 seconds
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The China Shadow

In this episode, host Victor Cha is joined by Sue Mi Terry and Professor John Delury (Yonsei University) to discuss North Korea's current economic situation, how Covid-19 is being approached in the impossible state, as well as various factors affecting China-North Korea relations.
8/21/202039 minutes, 54 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Living History with Ambassador Robert King

This bonus episode comes from CSIS’s Beyond Parallel Living History video series. We invite Robert King, former special envoy for North Korea human rights issues, to share his experience leading efforts to advance human rights and humanitarian conditions in North Korea. Ambassador King served as special envoy for North Korea human rights issues at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 – 2017.
8/3/202024 minutes
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Bonus Episode: Living History with Ambassador Alexander Vershbow

This bonus episode comes from CSIS’s Beyond Parallel Living History video series. In this episode, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow reflects on his work to bolster the U.S.-ROK alliance during his post in South Korea. He shares personal accounts of his experience negotiating key policies like the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and goes on to reveal his “diplomatic secret weapon” to establish rapport with South Korean citizens. Ambassador Vershbow served as U.S. ambassador to South Korea from 2005–2008.
8/3/202014 minutes, 1 second
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Bonus Episode: Living History with Ambassador Shin Kak-soo

This bonus episode comes from CSIS’s Beyond Parallel Living History video series. We invite Shin Kak-soo, former South Korean ambassador to Japan, to share his thoughts on the complexities of South Korea’s relations with Japan. Ambassador Shin served as the South Korean ambassador to Japan from 2011–2013.
8/3/20208 minutes, 59 seconds
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Batting in America: Korean Baseball

In this special episode, Ambassador Mark Lippert and Victor Cha bring together an all-star cast of Korean baseball experts to talk about the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), its games being broadcast live in America on ESPN, and the importance baseball has played in people-to-people relationships between the U.S. and Korea and their alliance. 
7/9/202046 minutes, 55 seconds
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ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum: Over-the-Horizon: The Future of U.S.-ROK Alliance

This virtual session, moderated by Dr. Young-kwan Yoon, Professor Emeritus at Seoul National University and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, features a discussion on opportunities for the future-oriented U.S.-ROK collaboration in new concepts of security including cyber, AI, and outer space. This is Session III of CSIS's three-part ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2020, that took place on June 24th and June 25th, 2020. 
6/29/20201 hour, 1 minute, 23 seconds
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ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum: Pandemics and the Global Responses

This virtual session, moderated by Ms. Anna Fifield, Beijing Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, features a discussion about the current global health crisis and the comprehensive impact of pandemics on the world. This is Session II of CSIS's three-part ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum 2020, that took place on June 24th and June 25th, 2020. 
6/29/20201 hour, 2 minutes, 17 seconds
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ROK-U.S. Strategic Forum: Peace on the Korean Peninsula

This virtual session moderated by Ambassador Mark Lippert, Senior Advisor at the CSIS Korea Chair and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, features a discussion about the status of U.S.-ROK alliance in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.
6/25/20201 hour, 1 minute, 48 seconds
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Bolton Book and NK Blow UP

In this episode, Sue Mi Terry and Victor Cha discuss the DPRK's attack on the Inter-Korean Liaison Office, as well as revelations in John Bolton's book about President Trump's negotiations with North Korea.
6/19/202031 minutes, 14 seconds
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Kim Jong Un Alive and so is North Korea's Missile Program

In this episode, Victor Cha and Joseph Bermudez discuss the reappearance of Kim Jong Un and the breaking news surrounding satellite images CSIS released this week of a previously undisclosed North Korean missile facility.
5/8/202017 minutes, 24 seconds
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Questions Surrounding Kim Jong Un's Health

In this episode, Andrew is joined by CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha, Senior Fellow Sue Mi Terry to discuss the latest news surrounding Kim Jong Un's health. This episode was recorded on Friday, April 24, 2020.
4/25/202031 minutes, 39 seconds
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Big Brother, Solutions & Widespread Distrust

In this hybrid episode of Truth of the Matter and the Impossible State, CSIS’ Victor Cha and Steve Morrison join Andrew Schwartz to discuss South Korea’s innovative systems for tracking Covid-19 and whether they can work for the United States.
4/15/202029 minutes, 24 seconds
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COVID-19 in North and South Korea

In this episode, Andrew and CSIS's Victor Cha discuss how South Korea is battling COVID-19 and the innovative strategies they took to prevent a wider spread of the virus. Victor also gives insight into what is and isn't known on how North Korea is responding to the global pandemic, noting their recent missile tests. This is a crossover episode with The Truth of The Matter.
4/1/202023 minutes, 21 seconds
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Parasite

In this episode, Andrew talks with resident North Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry about Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.” The Oscar-nominated film offers a candid commentary on income inequality within South Korean society.
1/27/202017 minutes, 16 seconds
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A Team of Their Own

In this episode, H. Andrew Schwartz and CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha talk with Seth Berkman, contributing editor at The New York Times. They discuss Berkman’s new book “A Team of Their Own,” which tells the story of the Unified Korean women’s hockey team from the 2018 PyeongChang Games.
12/16/201918 minutes, 12 seconds
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Bonus Episode: Living History with Minister Song Min-soon

This bonus episode comes from CSIS's Beyond Parallel Living History video series. We invite former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon to discuss global efforts to denuclearize North Korea during the six-party talks. Minister Song was the director general for North American affairs and chief delegate during the six-party talks in 2005. He played a key role in the September 2005 multilateral denuclearization agreement with North Korea, involving the U.S., Japan, South Korea, China and Russia.
11/14/20199 minutes, 40 seconds
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Soft Diplomacy, Hard Stance

In this episode, Andrew talks with resident North Korea expert Victor Cha, and Dr. Kang Choi, acting president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. They discuss North Korea’s recent missile launch, South Korea-Japan relations, and more.
11/1/201931 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Perfect Storm

In this episode, Andrew talks with resident North Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry about the failed U.S.-North Korea Stockholm talks and what they mean for the stalled nuclear negotiations.
10/21/201925 minutes, 2 seconds
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Revenge Politics

In this episode, Andrew and Dr. Victor Cha welcome a special guest. Dr. Katrin Katz is the Adjunct Fellow in the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Katz served as director for Japan, Korea and Oceanic Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council. They discuss various factors of the on-going South Korea-Japan trade dispute, which direction it might go, and what role the U.S. could play in it all.
8/23/201925 minutes, 51 seconds
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Piecing Together the North Korean Jigsaw Puzzle

In this episode, Andrew and CSIS’s Victor Cha welcome Anna Fifield, Beijing Bureau Chief of the Washington Post. Fifield is the author of the recent biography, The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un. They discuss the challenges of reporting on a reclusive state, the recent Trump-Xi summit, and the future of the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea. (Recorded from remote locations on Friday, June 21, 2019.)
6/24/201925 minutes, 38 seconds
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Stalled Outreach and the Way Forward: Live from Georgetown University

In this second-ever live episode, students of CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha’s “Modern Asia” class join host Andrew Schwartz and guests for a lively discussion about the upcoming meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Trump. Guests include Victor Cha, CSIS Korea Chair Senior Fellow Sue Mi Terry, and Kelly Magsamen, the vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Download transcript here.
4/10/201948 minutes, 22 seconds
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Getting Worse Before It Gets Better: Live from CSIS

In this first live episode of The Impossible State, four esteemed guests join host H. Andrew Schwartz to discuss the latest Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. Panelists included former US Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow, CSIS Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry, and Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura.
3/8/201947 minutes, 29 seconds
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No Deal

Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia at CSIS, joins host Andrew Schwartz to discuss the aftermath of the latest Trump-Kim summit, and reactions from U.S. allies in the region. Download transcript here.
3/1/201924 minutes, 19 seconds
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Countdown to Round II

In this episode, host H. Andrew Schwartz and CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha invite Dr. Stephen Noerper to preview the second Trump-Kim summit. Stephen Noerper is the Korea Society senior director for policy and education, a Columbia University adjunct professor, and senior advisor to the United Nations programme in support of cooperation in Northeast Asia.  Download transcript here.
2/22/201924 minutes, 21 seconds
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The View from Europe

In this episode, experts discuss the upcoming Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. CSIS's Korea Chair, Victor Cha, and host H. Andrew Schwartz welcome Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies and Reader in International Relations at King's College London. Pardo offers the view from Europe.  Download transcript here.
2/11/201928 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Worldwide Threat Assessment and the Missile Defense Review

Tom Karako, senior fellow with the International Security Program and director of the Missile Defense Project at CSIS, joins resident Korea expert Victor Cha and host Andrew Schwartz to discuss the 2019 Missile Defense Review. They also discuss the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment and how North Korea’s threat will play out as President Trump is expected to meet with Kim Jong-un next month. Download transcript here.
1/31/201927 minutes, 37 seconds
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A Great Deception

David Sanger of the New York Times and resident Korea expert Victor Cha weigh in on the recent CSIS findings of 16 hidden missile bases in North Korea. They discuss David Sanger’s article on the matter, and how the Trump administration has responded to these findings. Download transcript here.
11/16/201828 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea

Stephen Morrison, the director of CSIS’ Global Health Policy Center and resident Korea expert Victor Cha, discuss Morrison’s documentary about the health crisis in North Korea. The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea was presented by CSIS’ Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. You can watch the documentary and find out more at https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/the-gathering-health-storm-inside-north-korea/. Download transcript here.
11/2/201839 minutes, 13 seconds
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60 Minutes and Whiplash

Resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry weigh in on the president's latest "60 Minutes" interview. They also discuss what to expect at the next Trump-Kim summit and the newest chapter of Cha's updated seminal book, The Impossible State. (The Impossible State, Updated Edition: North Korea, Past and Future, will be available October 23, 2018.) Download transcript here.
10/15/201825 minutes, 11 seconds
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Third Summit

David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins CSIS’s Victor Cha again by phone to discuss the latest Inter-Korean summit, what this means for denuclearization, and what to expect from a potential 2nd Trump-Kim summit. Download full transcript here.
9/25/201831 minutes, 9 seconds
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Strategizing Engagement

David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins guest host Victor Cha of CSIS to discuss the second edition of their book, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies from the studio. Originally published in 2003, the new edition—out today—includes updated insights on recent developments.
9/11/201838 minutes, 34 seconds
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Recovery Operations

Dr. Jennie Jin, an anthropologist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the lead researcher tasked to identify the recent American POW/MIA remains from North Korea, joins resident expert Victor Cha and host H. Andrew Schwartz by phone from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Download transcript here. 
8/17/201828 minutes, 1 second
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Left Out

Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times, joins CSIS's Victor Cha by phone to discuss the view from Japan. Download transcript here. 
8/2/201833 minutes, 49 seconds
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Grinding It Out

Jonathan Cheng, the Seoul bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, joins resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry by phone to discuss the specter of North Korea’s latest dismantling efforts, road blocks in the denuclearization talks, and the return of Korean War POW/MIA remains. Download the transcript here. 
7/25/201831 minutes, 42 seconds
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Third Visit

Resident North Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry discuss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest visit to North Korea. They also weigh in on the possibility of Kim Jong Un’s appearance at the 2018 United Nation General Assembly meeting in September. Download transcript here.
7/12/201828 minutes, 32 seconds
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Verification

Rebecca Hersman, the director of the Project on Nuclear issues at CSIS who is a former WMD non-proliferation expert with the Defense Department, discusses the challenges and mechanics of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization in North Korea. Download transcript here.
7/2/201831 minutes, 11 seconds
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Where Do We Go from Here?

Special guests Ambassador Robert King, the former special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, and Joseph Kim, a young man who defected from North Korea in 2006, discuss human rights in North Korea and the Trump administration’s position on the issue in the aftermath of the Singapore Summit. Download transcript here.
6/19/201841 minutes, 41 seconds
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Trailer: The Impossible State

North Korea is the impossible state. For over 45 years no American president has figured it out. Now, the stakes may be higher than ever as Donald Trump and the Trump administration come to the negotiating table. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider’s discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority.
6/13/20181 minute, 18 seconds
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Stunning Our Allies

Victor Cha, the former deputy head of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party talks during the George W. Bush administration, and Mike Green, the senior director for Asia of the National Security Council of George W. Bush., talk about the outcome of the Singapore Summit. Mike joins us in the studio and Victor by phone in New York. Download transcript here.
6/13/201841 minutes, 16 seconds
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Swinging in the Dark: Eve of the June 12 Summit

The world’s top Korea watchers, Victor Cha, Sue Mi Terry, and Mike Green, discuss the upcoming June 12 Summit in Singapore, what Kim Jong Un has already gotten out of the meeting with Donald Trump, the maddening nature of negotiations with North Korea, and potential summit outcomes. Download transcript here.
6/7/201850 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Summit Saga Continues

Sue Mi Terry, a former senior CIA analyst and National Security Council staff member during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations talks about efforts this week by the administration to revive the peace summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Download transcript here. 
5/30/201819 minutes, 31 seconds
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June 12 Summit Canceled

Victor Cha, a top Korea expert who was an Asia director in the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration and deputy head of the U.S. delegation at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing, talks about President Trump’s letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un canceling the June 12 summit in Singapore and where bilateral talks might go from here. Download transcript here. 
5/25/201815 minutes, 49 seconds