January 14, 2014

Sydney A. Seiler

Director for Korea
National Security Council
The White House


The North Korea Challenge Going Forward

ICAS Winter Symposium: Humanity, Liberty, Peace and Security

The Korean Peninsula Issues and US National Security

February 14 2014 Friday 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Rayburn House Office Building Room B-318
United States House of Representatives
Captol Hill Washington DC 20515

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Sydney A. Seiler will address "The North Korea Challenge Going Forward" at the ICAS Winter Symposium on February 14, 2014 in Washington DC.

Sydney Seiler joined the National Security Council (NSC) as Director for Korea in April 2011. In that position, he advises the President and senior White House officials on North and South Korea issues, and plans, directs and coordinates policy on Korea Peninsula issues. A member of the Senior National Intelligence Service, Syd came to the NSC after having served as the Deputy DNI National Intelligence Manager for North Korea. Prior to joining the DNI, he served with the National Clandestine Service and the Directorate of Intelligence of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Syd has spent 33 years in the U.S. Government working on various Korea and regional issues. He has had assignments in intelligence collection, analysis, and management, and also as a policymaker and negotiator. This includes working as a collector and analyst for the National Security Agency, an all- source analyst and manager within the Directorate of Intelligence and Directorate of Operations in the Central Intelligence Agency, and as a senior media analyst and manager at the Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Syd participated in numerous rounds of Six Party Talks and bilateral U.S.-DPRK talks. He spent over 12 years serving in the Republic of Korea in a variety of positions.

Syd received his Masters of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies and a Masters of Theology from Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the Korean language programs of the Defense Language Institute and Yonsei University. Syd is the author of the book, Kim Il Song 1941-1948: The Creation of a Legend, the Building of a Regime, and a recipient of the National Intelligence Superior Service Medal. He resides in Maryland with his wife, Sunik, and has two sons, Shawn and Shane.

Syd previously spoke before the ICAS audience at the ICAS 2010 Winter Symposium.

Thank you.