Press Release

‘The North Korean Nuclear Crisis’

October 25, 2017 – by Cole Hatcher

Terence Roehrig, Ph.D.

National Security Expert Terence Roehrig to Speak Nov. 9 at Ohio Wesleyan

DELAWARE, Ohio – Terence Roehrig, Ph.D., professor of national security affairs and director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College, will discuss “The North Korean Nuclear Crisis: From Solving to Managing” when he speaks at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Roehrig’s free presentation will be held in Room 301 of Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. 

Not all problems in international relations can be solved, and it seems North Korea is one of them, says Roehrig, past president of the Association of Korean Political Studies. 

Pyongyang will not give up its nuclear weapons and views them as central to the regime’s security, he says. Moreover, achieving the goal of denuclearization may be possible only with regime change, an option that would lead to a disastrous war that no one wants. 

As a result, Roehrig contends, we need to start thinking of this problem more in terms of managing it than finding a solution. 

His latest book, “Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War,” was released in September. Reviewers have called the book “the best single source … outlining the nuclear dimension of these alliances and the limited but real role the nuclear umbrella plays. Given the rising tensions in the region, Roehrig’s book is a timely addition to current debates on U.S. policy.” 

In addition to his work at the U.S. Naval War College, Roehrig also has been a Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom. 

His presentation is sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan International Studies Program. Learn more about the program at www.owu.edu/internationalstudies


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