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U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies Discusses Multilateral Diplomacy, Non-proliferation, and Human Rights

January 18, 2013  |  Denver, Colorado

Amb daviesAs part of the Public Diplomacy Speaker Series 2012-2013 hosted by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies spoke to students, staff and faculty on issues including human rights in North Korea, multilateral diplomacy, and nuclear non-proliferation. Appointed in January 2012 by Secretary of State Clinton to facilitate high-level engagement with other Six-Party Talks partners, Special Representative Davies serves as a senior emissary for U.S. engagement with North Korea. He oversees U.S involvement in the Six-Party Talks process, as well as other aspects of U.S. security, political, economic, human rights, and humanitarian assistance policy regarding North Korea.

Addressing a large audience at the Mary Reed Building, Special Representative Davies discussed recent U.S diplomacy efforts with North Korea and some of the biggest challenges facing this relationship. He emphasized the importance of the Six Party Talks as the principal avenue for negotiation and noted that North Korea would face greater pressure to engage in talks as its allies drifted further away. He also expressed concern at the North Korean regime's poor human rights record and its disregard for the humanitarian conditions of its population.

Later in the day, Special Representative Davies spoke to a smaller group of students at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies regarding his prior postings as a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He served as the Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations Office in Vienna from June 2009, until his appointment as Special Representative by Secretary Clinton in January 2012. His previous assignments also include Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council Staff. The diversity of these positions made him well suited to answer questions from students on the Proliferation Security Initiative, the IAEA's focus on Iran, and U.S. relations with South Korea. His visit to the school, alongside his wealth of professional experience and personal insights on the issues under question were highly appreciated by students and faculty alike.

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