Asia Initiative Lecture SeriesThe Asia Initiative Lecture Series (AILS) was founded in 2019 by Jihyun (Amanda) Won at The Institute of World Politics. The objective of this lecture series is to broaden the scope and discussion on a range of intelligence, foreign policy, and security issues attendant to the Asian geopolitical, socio-economic, and cultural spheres of influence.

The North Korean Intelligence Service’s (NKIS) Espionage and Strategy
March 4, 2020
with Dr. Kim Dong-sik, the former highest-ranking North Korean Intelligence Service (NKIS) spy who ever defected to South Korea, and who is currently a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) in Seoul, South Korea
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Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and The Hanoi Summit
October 15-16, 2019
with a lecture on “Lessons Learned: The Inter-Korean Dialogue and Path Forward” with Gen. Kim Dong-shin, South Korea Minister of National Defense (ret.)
and a panel on “US-NK Relations: The Post-Hanoi Summit” with Gen. Kim Dong-shin, former ROK Minister of National Defense; Gen. John Tilelli, Jr, former Commander in Chief, United Nations Command, ROK; Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and holder of the Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Mr. Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation; and Prof. John Sano, IWP Professor, and former Deputy Director, CIA’s National Clandestine Service
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