ARNSF – A History of North Korea and Strategic Challenges for the United States



ARNSF – A History of North Korea and Strategic Challenges for the United States

Composite image with a photo of the South and North Korean flags separated by barbed wire. Over the background is the Arter-Rowland National Security Forum logo above the title and date of the event: "A History of North Korea and Strategic Challenges for the United States," April 11, 2024.In this presentation of the Forum, Dr. James E. Platte, assistant professor at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, will provide a brief overview of North Korean history, contemporary U.S. relations with the two Koreas, and the strategic challenges posed by North Korea going forward. Washington has been deeply involved in Korean affairs since the Korean Peninsula was divided after World War II, and U.S. troops have been stationed in South Korea since fighting in the Korean War from 1950-1953. Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs have made North Korea a top U.S. national security priority since the early 1990s, and North Korea now can threaten U.S. interests in the Pacific and the U.S. mainland with nuclear weapons, with Pyongyang continuing to build up and diversify its nuclear forces. Platte will discuss the U.S. role in Korean affairs since 1945, the growing threat from North Korea, and how the United States and allies are working to counter North Korea.

This event is only open to members of the ARNSF. If you are not a member but are interested in joining, contact Bob Ulin at rulin@cgscf.org.


James E. Platte, Ph.D.James E. Platte is an assistant professor at the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His research focuses on strategic deterrence, cybersecurity, energy security, and strategy in the Indo-Pacific. His writings have appeared in Asian Perspective, Comparative Strategy, Cyber Defense Review, and the Journal of International Politics, among others. He also co-edited and contributed a chapter to a recent book from Routledge titled Indo-Pacific Strategies and Foreign Policy Challenges: The US-China Strategic Competition. Prior to SAMS, he was an assistant professor at the US Air Force Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies, and he worked on nuclear security issues with the US Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Energy. He also held research fellowships with the National Bureau of Asian Research, East-West Center, Pacific Forum, Council on Foreign Relations, and the Harvard Kennedy School. He received a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, an M.A. in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.


Questions about registration? – Contact Laurie Morgado, lmorgado@cgscf.org or call 913-651-0624.

For questions about the ARNSF contact Col. (Ret.) Robert Ulin, Simons Center Director, at rulin@cgscf.org or call 913-240-1495.

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