Sunday, May 21: Conn Hallinan speaks about North Korea, China and the U.S.

Foreign Policy Analyst Conn Hallinan to Speak About North Korea, China and the U.S.

The situation with regard to North Korea is once again approaching powder-keg level as various members of the Donald Trump White House continue to match the rhetoric of that country’s President, Kim Jong Un. While Kim’s choice words even more than usual include a threat to use nuclear weapons, from the Trump administration the more subtle but all-too-familiar six-word phrase “all options are on the table” has frequently found its way into news reports. Just recently we are finally hearing something about diplomacy…will that notion stay on the table?

Meanwhile, the elephant in the room that we can now see and hear is China, which the world hopes can help rein in North Korea and de-escalate the growing crisis –  but might also have some ideas about how to play this tense drama to its own advantage on the world stage. Regardless of what that means in terms of the military and economic “Asia Pivot” by the U.S., clearly we are watching a dangerous game whose participants continue to raise the stakes.

On Sunday, May 21, local longtime journalist and foreign policy analyst Dr. Conn Hallinan will address this evolving situation in a talk entitled “Dangerous Seas: North Korea, China and the U.S.” This is yet another topic the discussion of which could sound quite different on the night of the talk than it does at this moment. Dr. Hallinan will in any case bring his studied take on U.S. (and other) foreign affairs, with comments on this particular one and the hope of avoiding a very undesirable outcome in the region.

The evening will begin at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue in San Mateo. Admission is free; the UUSM is wheelchair accessible.

Now retired, Conn Hallinan has long studied issues related to arms control and disarmament, with a journalism career spanned 40 years. He ran the journalism program at UC Santa Cruz for 23 years, and owns an award from Project Censored. He also authors a blog, “Dispatches from the Edge”,  consisting of a wide variety of foreign policy-related topics.

Dr. Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus – a journalism-based project of the Institute for Policy Studies. The aim of FPIF, as its web site describes, is “connecting the research of more than 600 scholars, advocates, and activists seeking to make the United States a more responsible global partner.” On May 21 we will be honored to have one of them on hand to discuss this ever-changing situation in southeast Asia.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 07:00