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Hinge Points: Inside North Korea’s Nuclear Program

March 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive book talk with Dr. Siegfried Hecker – author of Hinge Points and Director Emeritus of the Los Alamos National Laboratory – as he describes what he saw and heard during his seven visits to North Korea’s nuclear centers from 2004 to 2010. Moderated by Global Santa Fe’s Program Chair, Jim Falk.

Hosted by the World Affairs Council of Connecticut and Global Santa Fe in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and World Affairs of Northern California

The Details

When: Monday, March 27th | 7:00PM EDT

Where: Zoom Webinar

Tickets: Free | RSVP required

The Book

Hinge Points brings readers literally inside the North Korean nuclear program, explains how the “Hermit Kingdom,” with the weakest of hands became one of only three countries in the world that might target the United States with nuclear weapons. Hecker goes beyond the technical details―described in plain English from his on-the-ground experience at the North’s nuclear center at Yongbyon―to put the nuclear program exactly where it belongs, in the context of decades of fateful foreign policy decisions in Pyongyang and Washington.

Describing these decisions as “hinge points,” he traces the consequences of opportunities missed by both sides. Hecker’s unique ability to marry the technical with the diplomatic is well informed by his interactions with North Korean and U.S. officials over many years, while his years of working with Russian, Chinese, Indian, and Pakistani nuclear officials have given him an unmatched breadth of experience from which to view and interpret the thinking and perspective of the North Koreans.

Purchase Hinge Points online here.

The Author

Siegfried Hecker was at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 34 years, including 12 years as director. He was at Stanford University for 17 years, including 6 years as co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation. He is now part-time professor of practice at Texas A&M University and at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Hecker has worked on nuclear matters for most of his career, including having visited all countries with declared nuclear weapons programs, including North Korea.

The Moderator

Jim Falk, president emeritus of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, retired in March 2021 after serving as the organization’s president since 2001. Now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico he is member of the Board of Global Santa Fe where he chairs the program committee. Jim co-hosts Perspectives Matter, a McCuistion Program, that airs weekly on KERA-Dallas (PBS). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and honorary consul of Morocco.


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