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Fri, Apr 19, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union

How can conflict between nation-states be prevented?  Can adversaries be engaged in ways that avoid conflict while promoting dialogue and greater understanding?  What are the essential ingredients of engagement and how does engagement differ from more typical, post-conflict approaches such as mediation and negotiation? 

With significant support from the East Asia Foundation which serves as the primary grant sponsor for this event, this day-long program will bring together theorists and practitioners who will delve deeply into a neglected but potentially crucial area of conflict prevention: engagement between enemy or rival states.   The focus on this work will be on North Korea and Iran, but the intention is to develop a keener, generalizable notion of the strategy of engagement along with potentially testable lessons from actual cases and measurable ways to identify successes and failures.    


9:00     Opening remarks

9:15     Engaging Enemies:  Logic, Strategy, Method

Positive Engagement – Miroslav Nincic, University of California-Davis

Codes of Conduct as Tools for Engagement  – Mark Valencia, Nautilus Institute 

The Strategy of Engagement – Mel Gurtov, Portland State University

10:45   Break

11:00   Engaging North Korea?

Hubris vs Grit:  The United States and the Two Koreas – Walter Clemens, Jr., Boston University

The Pros and Cons of Engaging the DPRK – Andrei Lankov, Kookmin University and the Australian National University

The Role of Humanitarian and Development Assistance – Karin Lee, National Committee on North Korea

12:30   Lunch Break

1:45     How to Engage North Korea

Engagement on Track II – Stu Thorson, Syracuse University

Economic Diplomacy and Engagement with North Korea – Stephan Haggard, UC San Diego Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

The Necessity of Engagement – Kun A. Namkung, Independent Scholar and Consultant

3:15     Break

3:30     Opportunities for Engagement:  Iran and Burma

Avoiding War with Iran – Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council

The Role of Sanctions in Diplomacy with Iran – Kate Gould, Friends Committee on
National Legislation

Engaging Transitional Burma – Nicholas Farrelly, the Australian National University

5:00     Session ends

For more information and suggested readings, please visit the Pan Asia Institute website:

Sponsored by East Asia Foundation, ANU-IU Pan Asia Institute, Center for the Study of the Middle East, East Asia Studies Center, Office of International Affairs-IUPUI, Office of the Vice President for International Affairs.