Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Professor of International Relations
Marine Corps Command
and Staff College
The North Korean Military Threat: Paper Tiger or
The Korean Peninsula Issues
ICAS Winter Symposium: Humanity, Peace
February 12, 2010 Friday 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Rayburn Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Capitol Hill, Washington DC 20515
We are pleased to share with you that Bruce E. Bechtol
Jr. will address "The North Korean Military Threat: Paper Tiger or Ongoing Menace?"
at the ICAS Winter Symposium on February 12, 2010 in Washington DC.
Bruce E. Bechtol Jr. (Ph.D. Union Institute), ICAS Fellow,
is a Professor of International Relations
at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (2005 - present), and is a former
Assistant Professor of National Security Studies at the Air Command and Staff College
(2003-2005). Bruce was an adjunct Visiting Professor at the Korea University Graduate
School of International Studies (2006-2007) and is also an adjunct Professor of
Diplomacy at Norwich University. He received his B.S. from Excelsior College (Liberal
Studies), and his M.A. from Catholic University (International Affairs).
Bruce was an Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1997 until 2003.
He eventually served as the Senior Analyst for Northeast Asia in the Intelligence
Directorate (J2) on the Joint Staff in the Pentagon. Before beginning his career
at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Bruce was on active duty for 20 years in the
U.S. Marine Corps, serving at various locations in the western Pacific and East
Asia. He has written widely on Korean security issues, contributing articles to
such journals as the International Journal of Korean Studies, Pacific Focus, the
Korea Observer, East Asian Review, the Air and Space Power Journal, the International
Journal of Korean Unification Studies, Korean Quarterly, and Occasional Papers:
The Journal of the Korea American Historical Society. Formerly the Editor of the
Defense Intelligence Journal (2004-2005), Bruce currently sits on the Editorial
Review Board of the East Asian Review. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors
of the International Council on Korean Studies, he sits on the Board of Directors
of the Council on U.S.-Korean Security Studies.
Bruce is the author of Red Rogue: The Persistent Challenge of North Korea (Potomac Books, 2007),
and the editor of The Quest for a Unified Korea: Strategies for the Cultural and Interagency Process,
(Quantico, VA: Marine Corps University Foundation, 2007). In addition, he is a contributing
author to several books to include, Understanding New Political Realities in Seoul:
Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations, eds. L. Gordon
Flake and Park Ryo-byug (Washington DC: Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, 2008),
The United States and the Korean Peninsula in the 21st Century, eds. Seung-Ho Joo
and Tae-Hwan Kwak (Hampshire, England: Ashgate, 2006), Between Total Wars and Small
Wars: Studies in the Societal History of the Cold War (in German), ed. Bernd Greiner
(Hamburg, Germany: Hamburg Institute for Social Research, 2006), and Divided Korea:
Longing for Reunification, ed. Ho Youn Kwon (Chicago, Ill: North Park University
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President