Korea Club | North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial

 
Date & Time: 
Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Description: 

 

Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and 

North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial 

 

Guest Speaker:

 

Robert Collins

 

Thursday | October 20, 2016 

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant

8240 Leesburg Pike

Vienna, VA 22182

 

You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event will feature Mr. Robert Collins, who will give a presentation entitled, "Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial."

 

Robert M. Collins is HRNK Non-resident Senior Adviser and author. He is a 37-year veteran employee of the U.S. Department of the Army and served for 31 years in various positions with the U.S. military in Korea, including several liaison positions with the Republic of Korea military. He finished his career in June 2009 as Chief of Strategy, U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command, Seoul, Korea. Mr. Collins served the 4-star U.S. commander as a political analyst for planning on Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian security issues. In that capacity, he developed strategies and policy and planning concepts in pursuit of U.S. and U.S.-ROK Alliance security interests relative to the North Korean threat and regional security challenges. Mr. Collins holds a B.A. in Asian History from the University of Maryland (1977), and an M.A. in International Politics with a focus on North Korean Politics from Dankook University (1988). He was an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Maryland University College from 1995 to 1999. He received the Republic of Korea Sam-il Medal (South Korean Order of National Security Merit, Fourth Class) from President Lee Myung-Bak and the U.S. Army Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service by the Secretary of the Army. Mr. Collins is currently a freelance writer focusing on Korean security issues and U.S. interests in Northeast Asia. He is the author of Pyongyang Republic: North Korea's Capital of Human Rights Denial (Washington, D.C.: HRNK 2016); Marked For Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System (Washington, D.C.: HRNK 2012); and Strategic Assessment of North Korean Human Environment During Crisis (United States Forces Korea’s Korean Battle Simulation Center). Mr. Collins is a regular contributor to HRNK's online publication, HRNK Insider.

 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Reception will begin at 6:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check or cash.

RSVPs are required for this program. Seating is limited. To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs, at sk@keia.org.