Center for Security Studies Symposium
Angelo State University will host four of the nation’s leading experts on North Korean political and military issues for the 2019 Center for Security Studies Symposium on Wednesday, April 17, in the Rassman Building at 2222 Dena Drive on the ASU campus.
Sponsored by ASU’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies, the symposium will begin at 5 p.m. in Room 105 of the Rassman Building and is open free to the public. This year’s theme is “Geopolitical Challenges on the Korean Peninsula: Human Rights, Counter-Proliferation and Good Governance.”
Dr. Bruce Bechtol, lead professor for ASU’s global security studies program, will moderate the symposium. Featured speakers will be:
George Hutchinson, managing editor of the International Journal of Korean Studies
William Newcomb, former member of the United Nations Panel of Experts
Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Mark Tokola, vice president of the Korea Economic Institute
Bechtol said the speakers will explore the varied issues the world is facing as North Korea continues to build up its armed forces, provide advanced weapons to other rogue nations, and engage in brinkmanship with its growing arsenal of missiles and rockets.
Himself an internationally known expert on North Korea, Bechtol recently published his fifth book titled “North Korean Military Proliferation in the Middle East and Africa: Enabling Violence and Instability.”
The symposium is also co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute.