Intelligence Squared U.S. Previews U.S.-North Korea Nuclear Summit in Live Debate in DC, May 2

April 30, 2018

IQ2 holds a live debate on the motion "Negotiations Can Denuclearize North Korea" at the first Georgetown University Women’s Forum.


How should the United States respond to North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear capabilities? Might the upcoming summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons – or is denuclearizing the country a pipedream? On Wednesday, May 2, the “fantastic” (New Yorker) debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. returns to the nation’s capital to hold a live debate on the motion “Negotiations Can Denuclearize North Korea” presented in partnership with Georgetown University live at the first Georgetown University Women’s Forum.

Suzanne DiMaggio, who facilitated the first official discussions between the Trump administration and North Korean government representatives, will debate for the motion in partnership with Obama-nominated State Department ambassador Bonnie Jenkins. Sue Mi Terry, a longtime Korea expert at the National Security Council and CIA, will debate against the motion in partnership with Yale national-security researcher Mira Rapp-Hooper. The evening will open with a keynote Q&A with journalist Suki Kim, author of the bestselling ‘Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite.’

The debate will be held at the Newseum and stream live online, then air soon after as part of the syndicated public radio show and podcast “Intelligence Squared U.S.” On May 2, online viewers can tune in at IQ2US’s website:


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
7:30-8:30 PM


555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, 20001


$25 for the public

Debating For the Motion:

Suzanne DiMaggio: Director, The U.S.-Iran Initiative & Senior Fellow, New America 

Suzanne DiMaggio is a director and senior fellow at New America, where she focuses on U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, and Asia. She has been leading Track 1.5 and Track 2 diplomatic initiatives on regional security, terrorism, nonproliferation, and governance for nearly 20 years. DiMaggio is currently directing a U.S.-DPRK dialogue that has included several visits to North Korea, most recently in February 2017. As part of that process, she facilitated the first official discussions between the Trump administration and North Korean government representatives in Oslo in May 2017. Before joining New America, DiMaggio was the vice president of global policy programs at the Asia Society and the vice president of policy programs at the United Nations Association of the USA. She is a frequent commentator in the news media and her op-eds have appeared in national and international press outlets.

Bonnie Jenkins: Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution & Former Ambassador, U.S. State Department 

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution where she focuses on nuclear security, weapons of mass destruction and geopolitics. In 2009, she was nominated by President Barack Obama as the Department of State’s Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. In her role, she promoted the coordination of Department of State Cooperative Threat Reduction and U.S. government programs in chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological security, and was the Department of State lead on the Nuclear Security Summit. Jenkins is the founder and president of Woman of Color Advancing Peace and Security and has taught at Georgetown University Law School, where she earned an LL.M. in international and comparative law. A retired Naval Reserve officer, she completed a year-long deployment to U.S. Central Command and received numerous awards for her service.

Debating Against the Motion:

Sue Mi Terry: Former CIA Analyst & Senior Fellow, CSIS 

Sue Mi Terry is a senior fellow with the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. Prior to joining CSIS, she had a long and distinguished career in academia, policymaking, and intelligence, serving as the deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2010, the director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic affairs at the National Security Council from 2008 to 2009, and a senior analyst on Korean issues at the CIA from 2001 and 2008. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and mission support, including the CIA Foreign Language award in 2008.

Mira Rapp-Hooper: Senior Research Scholar, Yale 

Mira Rapp-Hooper is a senior research scholar at Yale Law School and a senior fellow at Yale’s Paul Tsai China Center. She studies and writes on U.S.-China relations and national security issues in Asia. Rapp-Hooper was formerly a senior fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, a fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Asia Program, and the director of the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. Rapp-Hooper’s academic writings have appeared in Political Science Quarterly, Security Studies, and Survival, and her analysis is published in The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. She is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, an associate editor with the International Security Studies Forum, and a senior editor at War on the Rocks.

About Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates (IQ2US)

A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Their mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. The award-winning debate series reaches over 30 million American households through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 140 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to “think twice” on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008.

About the Georgetown University Women’s Forum

Twenty five years after the inaugural Georgetown Women’s Forum at the Law Center, Georgetown University is expanding the Women’s Forum university-wide, to be held from May 2-4, 2018. Organized by the Georgetown University Alumni Association (GUAA) and Georgetown University Law Center, the forum will feature women leaders in law, business, government, technology, and the public sector to discuss substantive issues.

In addition to a keynote address on women’s movements from former Deputy Attorney General and Georgetown Law Distinguished Lecturer Sally Yates, panels will explore topics such as: inspiring women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); how to increase the numbers of women in the C-suite; women driving policy change for a more inclusive world; navigating one’s career path; disruptive alumnae changing their industries; how to run for office; women’s economic empowerment, and more.