The Future of the Two Koreas and Donald Trump

  • 12 Jul 2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
  • 111 E Taylor St, Phoenix, AZ 85004


Sheldon Simon, Ph.D.


Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick

Sheldon Simon 

Thursday July 12, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
ASU Law School, Room 601
111 E Taylor St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us for a lunchtime topical discussion on the two Koreas, with Mr. Sheldon Simon, professor emeritus in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University and Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick, part-time State Department Senior Inspector and Team Leader in the Office of the Inspector General and foreign affairs lecturer.

About Sheldon Simon:

Mr. Simon has served on the ASU faculty for 43 years and is a specialist on U.S. national security and Asian international politics. He has been a consultant for the State and Defense Departments as well as an academic associate of the National Intelligence Council. Mr. Simon is the author or editor of ten books and some 200 scholarly articles and book chapters on Asian politics.

About Ambassador (ret.) Doug Hartwick:

Ambassador Hartwick serves as a part-time State Department Senior Inspector and Team Leader in the Office of the Inspector General and as a foreign affairs lecturer. Retiring in 2007 after 31 years in the Foreign Service, he was Lockheed Martin Corporation’s India corporate head from 2007 to 2009. From 2006-2007, he was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President, responsible for trade relations in South Asia. Mr. Hartwick served as adjunct professor at Arizona State University in 2015 on topics related to U.S. diplomacy.  He was on the faculty and served as International Advisor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (NDU) 2004-5. In 2005, he led the State Department’s Asian Tsunami Reconstruction Task Force coordinating U.S. assistance to affected countries. He is a board member of the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and former board member of The Mountain Institute(2009-14) and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy at the College of William and Mary (2006-2014). He continues to serve as senior advisor to Legacies of War, a NGO dedicated to removal of unexploded ordnance in Laos. 

Mr. Hartwick served as U.S. Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 2001 to 2004. Under his leadership, his embassy team advanced important U.S. goals, including restoring normal trade relations with the U.S., protecting human and religious freedom rights, and providing humanitarian assistance. Earlier notable assignments included Southeast Asia Director in the State Department’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau, Counselor of Embassy for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy India and at the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. He is a National Defense University Capstone Fellow (2001).

Mr. Hartwick speaks French, Spanish and Lao.  He holds a B.A. in government from the College of William and Mary,an M.A. in applied economics and development from Stanford University and an M.S.(Distinguished Graduate) in national security strategy from the National War College.  He is married to Regina Zuehlke-Hartwick and they have two daughters.  Mr. Hartwick enjoys back-packing, scuba-diving, trekking, hiking and golf. He and his wife currently reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Discussion topics:

  • South Korea wants most of all to maintain the US security commitment and to negotiate a peace treaty for the peninsula to replace the Armistice Agreement.
  • The DPRK under Kim Jung-un has already achieved two major goals with his meeting with Trump--(1) face-to-face conversation with the leader of the world's most powerful country and (2) de facto recognition by the U.S. of the North as a nuclear power. He also wants to obtain (3) a US guarantee that it will not use its nuclear capability to defend the South and that the US will guarantee that it does not plan to invade the North to effect regime change there. (5) The North wants all of these without having to abandon its nuclear weapons and delivery capability.

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