Kim Jong Un’s North Korea | Dr. Jung Pak

Date(s) - Friday, December 6, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bear Tooth Theatre


Dr. Jung Pak, a former CIA analyst and now a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, will offer insights on Kim’s rise to power, his personality and ruling style, and how he has consolidated his power, despite questions about his age and experience. Dr. Pak will also discuss U.S. policy and the status of nuclear negotiations with North Korea, as well as address audience questions.

Dr. Jung H. Pak is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She focuses on the national security challenges facing the United States and East Asia, including North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities, the regime’s domestic and foreign policy calculus, internal stability, and inter-Korean ties. Pak is also focused on developing interdisciplinary forums to bolster regional dialogue on counterterrorism, nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and climate change. She also has interests in broader U.S.-South Korea relations and regional dynamics.

Pak is an accomplished intelligence professional specializing in East Asia political and security issues with strong academic credentials. She has held senior positions at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to her work in national security, Pak taught at Hunter College in New York City and studied in South Korea as a Fulbright Scholar.

As a senior analyst, Pak published hundreds of intelligence assessments, including the President’s Daily Brief. Several of these papers have been considered required reading and important benchmark studies. Countless assessments have had direct policy impact.

From 2014 to 2016, Pak served as a deputy national intelligence officer at the National Intelligence Council in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). In that role, Pak led the U.S. intelligence community’s (IC) production of strategic analysis on Korean Peninsula issues, represented the IC in White House policy meetings, provided direct analytic support to the National Security Council, and advised the DNI and his senior staff on key developments and emerging issues.

At CIA, where she won multiple awards for superior analytic accomplishments and service, Pak produced timely and actionable analysis for the president and also helped to manage and support CIA’s projects related to the U.S. presidential transition.

Pak grew up in New York City and graduated from Colgate University where she served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2015. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in U.S. history.


Program Details
  • Check-in will begin at 11:30am with seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. The program will begin at noon.
  • Students will be presented with a lunch voucher for a pizza and lunch buffet prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Those with online reservations do not need to present ticket confirmation at the door, we will have all confirmed attendees on a list at check-in.
  • Lunch is available for individual purchase directly from Bear Tooth Theatre. If you wish to order food, please come a few minutes early to ensure your meal arrives during the program.
  • Online registration closes at 6:00 pm on December 5. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door the next day, unless the program is sold out. Contact with any questions.


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Ticket Type Price Spaces
General Admission 12/6 $15.00
Member Admission 12/6 $10.00
Ambassador Membership 12/6
For members and 1 guest at the Ambassador level. Thank you for your continued support of Alaska World Affairs Council.
Student Admission 12/6
With generous support from BP, we are happy to offer free admission to all students with a valid ID to be presented at the door. Lunch voucher is also included for students.