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North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to ImpossibleState@csis.org.

North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to ImpossibleState@csis.org.
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North Korea is the Impossible State. Each week join the people who know the most about North Korea—The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Victor Cha, Mike Green, and Sue Mi Terry—for an insider's discussion with host H. Andrew Schwartz about the United States’ top national security priority. Email your questions to ImpossibleState@csis.org.

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Bonus Episode: Living History with Minister Song Min-soon

11/14/2019
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This bonus episode comes from CSIS's Beyond Parallel Living History video series. We invite former South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Song Min-soon to discuss global efforts to denuclearize North Korea during the six-party talks. Minister Song was the director general for North American affairs and chief delegate during the six-party talks in 2005. He played a key role in the September 2005 multilateral denuclearization agreement with North Korea, involving the U.S., Japan,...

Duration:00:09:39

Soft Diplomacy, Hard Stance

11/1/2019
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In this episode, Andrew talks with resident North Korea expert Victor Cha, and Dr. Kang Choi, acting president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. They discuss North Korea’s recent missile launch, South Korea-Japan relations, and more.

Duration:00:31:45

The Perfect Storm

10/21/2019
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In this episode, Andrew talks with resident North Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry about the failed U.S.-North Korea Stockholm talks and what they mean for the stalled nuclear negotiations.

Duration:00:25:00

Revenge Politics

8/23/2019
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In this episode, Andrew and Dr. Victor Cha welcome a special guest. Dr. Katrin Katz is the Adjunct Fellow in the Office of the Korea Chair at CSIS. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Katz served as director for Japan, Korea and Oceanic Affairs on the U.S. National Security Council. They discuss various factors of the on-going South Korea-Japan trade dispute, which direction it might go, and what role the U.S. could play in it all.

Duration:00:25:49

Piecing Together the North Korean Jigsaw Puzzle

6/24/2019
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In this episode, Andrew and CSIS’s Victor Cha welcome Anna Fifield, Beijing Bureau Chief of the Washington Post. Fifield is the author of the recent biography, The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un. They discuss the challenges of reporting on a reclusive state, the recent Trump-Xi summit, and the future of the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea. (Recorded from remote locations on Friday, June 21, 2019.)

Duration:00:25:35

Stalled Outreach and the Way Forward: Live from Georgetown University

4/10/2019
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In this second-ever live episode, students of CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha’s “Modern Asia” class join host Andrew Schwartz and guests for a lively discussion about the upcoming meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Trump. Guests include Victor Cha, CSIS Korea Chair Senior Fellow Sue Mi Terry, and Kelly Magsamen, the vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:48:18

Getting Worse Before It Gets Better: Live from CSIS

3/8/2019
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In this first live episode of The Impossible State, four esteemed guests join host H. Andrew Schwartz to discuss the latest Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. Panelists included former US Ambassador to South Korea Alexander Vershbow, CSIS Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry, and Washington Post White House reporter David Nakamura.

Duration:00:47:25

No Deal

3/1/2019
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Dr. Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia at CSIS, joins host Andrew Schwartz to discuss the aftermath of the latest Trump-Kim summit, and reactions from U.S. allies in the region. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:24:16

Countdown to Round II

2/22/2019
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In this episode, host H. Andrew Schwartz and CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha invite Dr. Stephen Noerper to preview the second Trump-Kim summit. Stephen Noerper is the Korea Society senior director for policy and education, a Columbia University adjunct professor, and senior advisor to the United Nations programme in support of cooperation in Northeast Asia. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:24:19

The View from Europe

2/11/2019
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In this episode, experts discuss the upcoming Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi. CSIS's Korea Chair, Victor Cha, and host H. Andrew Schwartz welcome Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Institute for European Studies and Reader in International Relations at King's College London. Pardo offers the view from Europe. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:28:31

The Worldwide Threat Assessment and the Missile Defense Review

1/31/2019
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Tom Karako, senior fellow with the International Security Program and director of the Missile Defense Project at CSIS, joins resident Korea expert Victor Cha and host Andrew Schwartz to discuss the 2019 Missile Defense Review. They also discuss the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment and how North Korea’s threat will play out as President Trump is expected to meet with Kim Jong-un next month. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:27:34

A Great Deception

11/16/2018
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David Sanger of the New York Times and resident Korea expert Victor Cha weigh in on the recent CSIS findings of 16 hidden missile bases in North Korea. They discuss David Sanger’s article on the matter, and how the Trump administration has responded to these findings. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:28:22

The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea

11/2/2018
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Stephen Morrison, the director of CSIS’ Global Health Policy Center and resident Korea expert Victor Cha, discuss Morrison’s documentary about the health crisis in North Korea. The Gathering Health Storm Inside North Korea was presented by CSIS’ Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security. You can watch the documentary and find out more at https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/the-gathering-health-storm-inside-north-korea/. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:39:09

60 Minutes and Whiplash

10/15/2018
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Resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry weigh in on the president's latest "60 Minutes" interview. They also discuss what to expect at the next Trump-Kim summit and the newest chapter of Cha's updated seminal book, The Impossible State. (The Impossible State, Updated Edition: North Korea, Past and Future, will be available October 23, 2018.) Download transcript here.

Duration:00:25:09

Third Summit

9/25/2018
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David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins CSIS’s Victor Cha again by phone to discuss the latest Inter-Korean summit, what this means for denuclearization, and what to expect from a potential 2nd Trump-Kim summit. Download full transcript here.

Duration:00:31:06

Strategizing Engagement

9/11/2018
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David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, joins guest host Victor Cha of CSIS to discuss the second edition of their book, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies from the studio. Originally published in 2003, the new edition—out today—includes updated insights on recent developments.

Duration:00:38:30

Recovery Operations

8/17/2018
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Dr. Jennie Jin, an anthropologist with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the lead researcher tasked to identify the recent American POW/MIA remains from North Korea, joins resident expert Victor Cha and host H. Andrew Schwartz by phone from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:27:58

Left Out

8/2/2018
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Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times, joins CSIS's Victor Cha by phone to discuss the view from Japan. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:33:46

Grinding It Out

7/25/2018
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Jonathan Cheng, the Seoul bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, joins resident experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry by phone to discuss the specter of North Korea’s latest dismantling efforts, road blocks in the denuclearization talks, and the return of Korean War POW/MIA remains. Download the transcript here.

Duration:00:31:39

Third Visit

7/11/2018
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Resident North Korea experts Victor Cha and Sue Mi Terry discuss Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest visit to North Korea. They also weigh in on the possibility of Kim Jong Un’s appearance at the 2018 United Nation General Assembly meeting in September. Download transcript here.

Duration:00:28:29