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A Strategy for dealing with a Nuclear North Korea

June 8, 2021 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm

The focus of this lecture will deal with the reality of a North Korea with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could reach the U.S.  Do we, as they request, accept them as a nuclear weapons state or do we persist and seek complete and verifiable denuclearization?

Speaker: Ambassador Joseph DeTrani

Ambassador DeTrani was the U.S. Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with North Korea and the U.S. representative to the Korea Energy Development Organization. He was an Associate Director of National Intelligence and Mission Manager for North Korea and the Director of the National Counter Proliferation Center, while also serving as a Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence. After government service, he was the President of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), a professional think tank and President of the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security.

Currently, he is on the Board of Managers at Sandia National Laboratories and is a Senior Advisor at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and a professor at Missouri State University’s Graduate Department of Security and Strategic Studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on North Korea, a Fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies and a Rochester Institute of Technology/National Institute of the Deaf Foundation Board member.

Ambassador DeTrani served over two decades with the Central Intelligence Agency as a member of the Senior Executive Service, with overseas assignments in East Asia and China, and domestically as Executive Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence,Director of Technical Services, Director of European Operations, Director of Public Affairs, Director of East Asia Operations and Director of the Crime and Narcotics Center.

Ambassador DeTrani was an officer in the Air Force and graduated with honors from New York University (NYU). He attended NYU School of Law and Graduate School of Business Administration. He speaks Mandarin, Chinese and French.He has published and spoken publicly on issues dealing with North Korea, China, Cyber security,nuclear nonproliferation and international organized crime.


5:45 PM:  Webinar begins

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Q&A



This program is free, but please consider giving a donation to help the Richmond World Affairs Council continue its mission.


Date: June 8, 2021
Time: 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm


Venue Name: Virtual: Zoom


Organizer Name: Richmond World Affairs Council