Thursday 7 December, 1345 – 1445

North Korea’s unwavering provocations through missile tests and an underground explosion of a hydrogen bomb have led to a major international crisis. While many observers deplore the negative consequences for the international efforts to curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, others are more concerned about the imminent danger of nuclear war given the belligerent rhetoric involved. This panel will address the North Korean crisis from different perspectives. How reliable are the threat assessments concerning North Korea? How has the underdeveloped and stagnant economy of North Korea been able to yield so many technological leaps in the field of missile and nuclear weapons technology within such a short time frame? Where does the technology come from? How much responsibility do Russia and China have for North Korea’s acquisition of missile and nuclear technology? What will be the regional and global implications of a North Korea armed with long-range missiles and hydrogen bombs?