About the Berkley Lecture
The Eliot S. Berkley Lecture was founded in 1996 and brings an expert in foreign policy and global affairs to the Kansas City area. The lecture was established through the Eliot S. Berkley Endowment to honor the IRC's founder and his decades of service, and to provide a platform for engaging community members in understanding critical global issues.
The 2017 Berkley Lecture will offer ten things you need to know about North Korea, a state which has presented perennial foreign-policy trials for the United States and other countries around the world. Recent actions by North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, have deepened questions of international security, regional stability, humanitarian needs, and democratic prospects. Indeed, a North Korean ballistic missile test conducted during Japanese Prime Minister Abe's February visit with U.S. President Trump has tested the conviction of the United States early in the new administration, while the surprising death of Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia has added complexity to an already challenging situation. What should we understand about this isolationist nation and its enigmatic leader? Please join us as we examine North Korea.
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About the Speaker
Evans J.R. Revere is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. He is also a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, a leading global strategy firm, where he advises U.S. clients with a special focus on Korea, Japan, and China. He writes and speaks frequently on Asia policy issues and is active in Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues dealing with U.S. relations with the PRC, the two Koreas, Japan, Taiwan and with East Asian regional security issues. His commentary on Asia appears frequently in major U.S., Korean, and Japanese newspapers and other media outlets. He also draws on his 46 years of experience in Asia to mentor aspiring Asia experts.
During 2010-2011 he taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 2007 to 2010 he was President/CEO of The Korea Society, where he organized the historic 2008 concert in Pyongyang by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, he retired after a long career in government service, most of that as an American diplomat and one of the State Department’s top Asia experts. His diplomatic career included service as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During his career, he served in the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Wellington and was the director of the State Department’s offices managing relations with Korea and with Japan.
He won numerous awards as a U.S. diplomat and helped lead the State Department’s highly praised response to the December 2004 tsunami disaster in Indonesia. His last State Department assignment was as Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directed a task force on U.S.-China relations. He has extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea and served as deputy chief of the U.S. team negotiating with the DPRK and as the U.S. government’s primary day-to- day liaison with North Korea.
He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and is a graduate of Princeton University, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
11:00 a.m. Registration opens
11:30 a.m. Luncheon begins
About the Meal
Your ticket includes a buffet luncheon with a salad, choice of two entrees, sides, soft drink, and dessert. Dietary restrictions may be shared with the restaurant at the event.
Academy-level members will have prime seating available at the Berkley Lecture.