Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum

David Steinberg and Abraham Kim during an Asian Leadership Forum lectureU.S.-Asian relations will impact the future of the United States and the world. This dynamic and growing region has already left its mark on the world's economy, environment and politics. Long-time allies and critical trading partners rub shoulders with each other and with nations vital to the question of the area's future stability and security, like North Korea. Understanding this region and its complex histories and current realities is a necessary part of moving forward in a global world.

The Mansfield Center Asian Leadership Forum invites national experts on the region to speak to the Missoula community and to open a dialogue on questions critical to Missoula, Montana and the United States. All Asian Leadership Forum lectures are free and open to the public. 

Fall 2017

The flags of North Korea, South Korea, and the United States overlaid on a nuclear symbolTensions on the Korean Peninsula:

Geopolitics, Instability, and the Nuclear Weapons Crisis

Monday, October 9, 2017 at 7 pm

University Center Theater, University of Montana


Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea studies at the Council on Foreign Relations

Special Guest: North Korean Defector Y. Kang

Under the leadership of Kim Jong Un and despite multiple sanctions from the United Nations, North Korea has continued to develop its capacity to launch an intercontinental missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. This year alone North Korea has already conducted 15 ballistic missile tests, and in his reign Kim Jong Un has already overseen more missile tests than his father and grandfather combined. As South Korea recovers from its own political turmoil that saw the impeachment of former president Park Geun-Hye and the United States’ president takes a hard line against North Korea on the world stage, serious questions arise about the future of stability and security on the Korean Peninsula, how it will affect US allies like Japan and South Korea, and how it will affect the United States itself. 

RSVPs have closed for this event, but seating is still available on a first-come, first-served basis for those who have not RSVP'd.

Past Asian Leadership Forum Events

North Korea and Northeast Asia: Is Peace Possible?
U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim and Dr. Stephen Noerper of the Korea Society

The Years of Living Dangerously: A Forgotten Genocide
Speaker: Owen Sirrs, Adjunct Professor at the University of Montana

Documentary: The Look of Silence
Director: Josh Oppenheimer

CHINA Town Hall 2015
Speakers: Robert Rubin, Frank Jannuzi, Sheldon Day and Daniel Rosen

Film: Ode to My Father
Speakers: Dr. Sung-Yong Lee, Professor at Tufts University and Dr. James Person of the Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars

Global Pandemics and Bioterrorism
Speakers: David Hamon of Banyan Analytics and Alex Philp of GCS

2014 CHINA Town Hall
Speakers: Former President Jimmy Carter (webcast) and Robert A. Kapp

Memories of the Korean War: Stories and Artifacts
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Vice President, The Korea Society


CHINA Town Hall 2016

Korea and Northeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Dr. Stephen Noerper, and Dr. Abraham Kim
Documentary: The Land of Many Palaces

The Life and Legacy of Mike Mansfield
Speakers: Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, Ambassador Mark Minton, Congressman Pat Williams, and Dr. Paul Lauren

U.S. Public Diplomacy and Leadership in East Asia
Speaker: Kathleen Stephens, the first U.S. woman Ambassador to South Korea

Burma: Reforms and Opportunities for the Future in Southeast Asia
Speaker: David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University

Asia and Cyber Security
Speaker: David Hamon, Director of Banyan Analytics and former Senior Official with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency