ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

September 7, 2004

C Kenneth Quinones

Director, Korean Peninsula Programs
International Action
Washington, D C

to speak

"North Korea Today - A Decade After Kim Il Sung"

ICAS Fall Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
October 8, 2004 Friday
University of Pennsylvania* (* a specific venue tba)

Dear Friends:

We are pleased to share with you that C Kenneth Quinones will present "North Korea Today - A Decade After Kim Il Sung" at the ICAS Fall Symposium 2004.

Dr C Kenneth Quinones has been involved with Northeast Asia since 1962 as a soldier, scholar and diplomat. Ken has lived and worked in South and North Korea; ten years in the South and nearly one year in the North, and in Japan for three years. As a U S diplomat, he witnessed South Korea's struggle to democratize during the 1980's and then, during the 1990's, played a role in the opening of North Korea to the outside world. After retiring from the U S Foreign Service in 1997, Ken worked with U S humanitarian organizations to arrange educational and agricultural exchanges between the United States and North Korea. Since 2001, he has concentrated on writing and commenting about U S relations with Northeast Asia, particularly the Korean Peninsula. Ken is a frequent lecturer and contributor to U S, South Korean, and Japanese academic journals, newspapers and news magazines. He has been interviewed on Australian, British, Canadian, Hungarian, Korean, Japanese, Russian and United States news broadcasts, plus many major newspapers in the United States, South Korea and Japan.

Ken is the director of Korean Peninsula Programs at the recently organized International Action (successor to International Center), a non-profit Washington, D C research institute. He recently organized a new forum on the internet, the International Forum for Innovative Northeast Strategy, to encourage international dialogue about innovative strategies to promote a durable peace in Northeast Asia. The forum distributes electronically two newsletters, one in Korean and the other in English, to approximately 2,000 subscribers. Each issue contains the concise insights of knowledgeable experts from around the world. His publications include numerous articles and three books. His first book, The North Korea Nuclear Crisis -- Off the Record Memories, was published in the Korean and Japanese languages in 2000. The second book, Beyond Diplomacy: Implementation of the Agreed Frame Work, was published in Japanese in 2003. His third book, Understanding North Korea, was published by Penguin Publishers' Alpha Books in English in January 2004.

Ken holds a PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.

Other confirmed speakers, to date, include Chuck Downs (ICAS Fellow; Author, Over the Line: North Korea's Negotiating Strategy), Lawrence R Klein (ICAS Distinguished Fellow; Benjamin Franklin Professor of Economics Emeritus University of Pennsylvania; Nobel Laureate) and Thomas Byrne (ICAS Fellow; Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Financial Institutions and Sovereign Group, Moody's Investors Service). Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow