Joel S. Wit ’76, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS and founder of the project “38 North,” will present the free, public lecture, “Crisis in North Korea: Where Do We Go From Here?,” on Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in The Forum, Elaine Langone Center (ELC 272).
Also a senior research fellow at Columbia University’s Weatherhead Institute for East Asian Studies, Wit served as senior advisor to Ambassador Robert L. Galluci from 1993-1995 where he developed strategies to help resolve the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program. He was coordinator for the U.S.-North Korea’s weapons program and coordinator for the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework from 1995-99. He was also a key participant in the establishment of the Korean Peninsular Energy Development Organization (KEDO).
Prior to his efforts on the Agreed Framework, Wit was assigned to the State Department’s Office of Strategic Nuclear Policy where he was responsible for U.S. policy on a range of issues related to nuclear arms control and weapons proliferation. In that capacity from 1988 to 1992, he helped negotiate strategic arms control agreements with the former Soviet Union and participated in the Nunn-Lugar program to dismantle its nuclear weapons. He was also a guest scholar at the Brookings Institute from 1999-2001.