FAS In-Depth: April 20, 2012
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On April 13, 2012, North Korea failed in its attempt to launch a long-range rocket. In a new op-ed published by Kyodo News, FAS President Charles D. Ferguson writes that with the failed launch, an opportunity has opened up to form a more realistic and long-term plan to create dialogue and build trust with North Korea.
Dr. Ferguson writes that the United States, Japan and other nations with interests in a stable Korean Peninsula need to understand that the road to improved relations is a long journey. Science diplomacy has helped take those important steps. For example, in 2007, the U.S.-DPRK Scientific Engagement Consortium was formed and includes the American Association for the Advancement of Science, CRDF Global, the Pacific Century Institute, and Syracuse University. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, recent scientific engagement with North Korea has sought for modest advancements such as providing North Korean scientists with access to journals through digital libraries and fostering improvements in agriculture and public health.
Building on this concept, FAS has recently begun the International Science Partnership to bring together scientists from the developed world with their counterparts in the developing world to solve problems by sharing best practices.
For more information on North Korea, check out these FAS resources and much more on our website.
FAS Blogs and Programs:
Strategic Security Blog
North Korea Special Weapons Guide
Nuclear Weapons Program: North Korea
International Science Partnership
Science Diplomacy Resources and Information
Congressional Research Service Reports (PDF):
North Korea's Nuclear Weapons: Technical Issues
North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation
Kim Jong-il's Death: Implications for North Korea's Stability and U.S. Policy
North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Development and Diplomacy
North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program
North Korea's Second Nuclear Test: Implications of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1874
China-North Korea Relations
North Korea: Economic Sanctions
Report on North Korean Nuclear Program (Siegfried S. Hecker, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University)
Resolution of the North Korean Nuclear Issue (Walter B. Slocombe)