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Why is North Korea still around?
- Tara O (Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS)
Many thought that the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 would herald the collapse of North Korea and the unification of the other nation divided by the Cold War. But North Korea has lasted much longer than the Soviet Union and its satellite states in Europe. What are the characteristics of the regime, and the international factors, which explain its continued existence? To answer these questions, we are fortunate to welcome Tara O, whose academic and military background give her a unique perspective. Following a comment from Robert Dujarric, who heads Temple University Japan’s Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies in Tokyo, we will have a Q&A session with the audience.
Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS
Tara O is an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS. A retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, she worked on numerous assignments in Asia and the United States and also taught at the US Air Force Academy. Her research areas include the Korean contingency and unification, U.S. alliance relationships in Asia, human rights in North Korea, and the social integration of North Korean defectors. Prior to the military, she also worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, in Africa, Asia and the United States. She holds degrees from the University of Texas (Ph.D.), Princeton (MPA) and UC-Davis (BA).