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North Korea: Containing the Threats From a Rogue Regime

About the Conference

The graduate International Relations Department’s second conference on North Korea will bring leading scholars and researchers together from across the United States. With the importance of the United States military in San Antonio and strengthening of economic ties with Japan and South Korea, this will be a timely conference. This illustrates that St. Mary’s University is preparing students to serve the U.S. and/or multinational corporations globally.

One of the key organizers of the conference is William Newcomb who received his M.A. in Economics from St. Mary’s. He has specialized in analyzing North Korea for 30 years and chaired an interagency governmental committee analyzing North Korea’s nuclear program, its organized syndicates, the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, and the global laundering of money and drugs. When he left the U.S. government, Newcomb served on the United Nations Security Council Panel of Experts on North Korea. Diplomatic, military and human rights experts will round out the panels, making for diverse and robust discussion.

Event Details

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s University
University Center, Conference Room A

Reception to follow.

Registration Fee
$10 students
$20 general admission

The registration fee covers admission to the conference and the reception to follow, as well as continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch.

Registration is required and is now open (see form below). Questions? Contact Kathleen Worthington at 210-436-3111 or

  • Full Schedule of Events

    Breakfast and Late Registration

    Welcome and Introductions

    Opening Keynote Presentation: The Role of Human Rights in Dealing with North Korea
           Presented by Ambassador Robert King


    Panel One: North Korea’s Military
    Moderated by Douglass Streusand, Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies


    North Korea’s Advancing Military Capabilities
    Bruce Bechtol Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Angelo State University

    North Korean Proliferation
    William J. Newcomb (M.A. ’67), former United Nations Security Council official

    Jooyoun Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Global Studies and Political Science, St. Edward’s University
    Frank Jacob, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of World and Global History, City University of New York


    Second Keynote Presentation: Dealing with a Nuclear Korea
    Presented by Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, member, National Committee on North Korea

    Audience Q & A


    Panel Two: Countering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Threat: U.S. and China Response
    Moderated by Kenneth Heineman, Ph.D., Professor of History, Angelo State University

    Preserving the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance
    Col. David Maxwell, Ret., Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University

    China’s Options on North Korea and the Republic of Korea
    Gordon G. Chang, contributor, The Daily Beast

    Chuck Downs, former Pentagon official, U.S. Department of Defense
    Hyon Joo Yoo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science, Trinity University


    Panel Three: International Response to North Korean Challenges
    Moderated by Ambassador James Zumwalt, Chief Executive Officer, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

    Alliances in Asia and North Korean Economic Development
    Troy Stangarone, Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, Korea Economic Institute

    The International Community and Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Threat
    Greg Scarlatoium, Executive Director, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

    Tara Om Asia policy specialist, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic International Studies
    Kyle Ferrier, Director of Academic Affairs and Research, Korea Economic Institute

    Closing Remarks



Registration is now open.

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This event is sponsored by St. Mary’s University, Institute for the Study of Asian Development; Angelo State University; Korea Economic Institute; and The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.

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