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CNA National Security Seminar Series

 Understanding North Korea’s Strategic Calculus: 

What’s at Stake?

October 11, 2017

3003 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA

9:00-10:30 AM


Ken E. Gause, Director of the International Affairs Group, CNA

David Finkelstein, Director of China Studies and Vice President, CNA

Moderated by:

David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, New York Times

Opening Remarks by:

Admiral (ret.) William Fallon, Senior Fellow, CNA and former Commander, U.S. Pacific Command


North Korea continues a headlong rush to achieve its stated ambition: a credible nuclear weapons program that can deter and threaten the United States. After successful ICBM tests this summer, U.S. analysts conceded that North Korea’s missile program is much more advanced than previously believed. It will potentially be capable of delivering a warhead to the continental United States in as little as a year’s time. What strategic calculus guides Kim Jong-un’s decision-making and how can it be altered? How does China think of North Korea in strategic terms and what does that tell us about the prospects to resolve the crisis? Please join us for a conversation with two of the nation’s leading experts on North Korea and China as they discuss the implications of the current crisis for the region and U.S. national security.

This event is open to the public and press on a first-come basis, but registration is required. Please register above no later than Friday, October 6th if you would like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact  

Limited parking is available in the pay-for-parking garage located behind the CNA building on 11th Street North. The CNA building is one block from the Clarendon Metro station. Please bring photo ID for check-in at the front desk. Light refreshments will be available.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM EDT
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3003 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

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CNA National Security Seminar