Speaker: Ambassador Joseph DeTrani
About the Speaker:
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.
This program discussed the current relationship between North Korea and the United States, addressing the reality of a North Korea with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that could reach the United States. Ambassador DeTrani began by detailing the 71-year negotiation process that consisted of different phases which all have failed – reiterating the fact that we are still at war with North Korea. North Korea has nuclear weapons, which remain an existential threat to the United States. The Ambassador also noted how North Koreans desire a normal relationship with the United States, an end to the heavy sanctions and the status of a pariah state, and to instead be seen as an internationally legitimate partner, benefiting from trade and foreign direct investment. The U.S can be the pathway to achieve this; however, North Korea aims to also be accepted as a nuclear weapons state. Despite the Biden administration’s ultimate goal of complete denuclearization, the focus will lay on intermediate deals. Ambassador DeTrani concluded the event by answering questions from the audience.