Event Details

Olympic developments aside, tension between the United States and North Korea appears alarmingly high and escalating. Kim Jong Un, authoritarian Supreme Leader of the ‘Hermit Kingdom’, now has nuclear missiles perhaps capable of striking mainland America. And this threat and the vitriol has Americans amped up, aided by (false) inbound missile alarms.

Should the United States resolve this situation through sustained economic and military deterrence, or has the time for a diplomatic solution ended?

Hear and engage leading experts as they debate “Nuclear North Korea: Is War the Way Ahead?” – the latest in the Debate and Decision Series at the McCain Institute.


Ambassador Robert Gallucci

Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University and Chairman of the US-Korea Institute, John Hopkins University, SAIS

Ambassador Christopher Hill

Global Engagement Advisor, University of Denver, Ret. 25th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Poland and Macedonia

Mary Beth Long

National Security and Foreign Policy Expert, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Former Chairman of the High Level Committee responsible for NATO's nuclear policy, Advisor to NATO

Michael Pillsbury

East Asia & Pacific Defense Policy Expert, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Former Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning, Senate Staffer, DoD Special Assistant for Asian Affairs, and author of books and reports on China, including The Hundred-Year Marathon


Ambassador Kurt Volker

Executive Director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership

Doors open at 5:15pm. Debate begins at 6:00pm.

The event will also be available via live stream here. Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MIDebate, and submit questions for our panel of experts by tagging @McCainInstitute.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

PMI Parking Garage is located at 875 “D” Street. The rate is $8.00 per car for a maximum of 7 hours. Validation is available at the Navy Memorial.

By Metro, take the Yellow Line to Archives.

  • When: Wed Feb. 28
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Address: 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington District of Columbia,US 20004

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