What is North Korea’s goal in attaining nuclear strike capability; how does it seek to shape the balance of power in NE Asia; and how might it engage, as a nuclear state, in nuclear disarmament dialogs? Paul Liem will discuss the origins of North Korea’s nuclear strategy; the present state of tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, and how it might resolve, for better or worse. He will also share some observations about North Korean society and take questions and answers.
Paul Liem has been active on Korean peace and reunification issues for four decades and has visited North Korea in four different decades. In the 1970s he was a writer for The Korea Bulletin and editor of The Korea Commentary, both newsletters covering current events in North and South Korea. In the 1980s Mr. Liem assisted in sending delegations of progressive religious leaders, including members of the National Council of Churches, to North Korea. In the 1990s he served as advisor to the Berkeley Annual Reunification Symposia Series that hosted guest speakers from North and South Korea from 1991 to 1997. In 1992 Liem and other Korean American activists and artists organized a Korea American Arts Festival at the Oakland Museum among other venues, and in 2004 he served on the Korean American Centennial Committee that curated a multi-media oral history exhibit with the Oakland Museum celebrating 100 years of Korean immigration to the U.S. Liem is currently Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Korea Policy Institute (kpolicy.org) and a member of HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans), a dynamic and creative collective of Korean American activists working on peace and social justice issues in the Bay Area since 2009.
We were thrilled by your enthusiasm in Breakout Groups at Green Sundays a few months ago. To grow that energy, we’re trying Breakout Groups at the beginning of the County Council meetings after the 15 minute refreshment break that follows our Green Sunday programs. Which group will you roll with?
1. ELECTIONS (including endorsements, campaigning, ballot drives, voter guide…) 2. More CONVERSATION re North Korea, AND Green Party ORIENTATION 3. OUTREACH (recruiting, social events, networking with other groups…) 4. TECH (website, social media, newsletter, recording/broadcasting our events…) 5. OPERATIONS (including Green Sunday plans, fundraising, working with state and national Green Party…)