Indiana University Bloomington
From Engaging Enemies to Engaging Adversaries

ANU-IU Pan Asian Institute hosts an event and book project titled Engaging Adversaries: Politics and practice in Oct 2014. This is part of a series of workshops that explore the challenges of creating good relations between conflicted states. A related event under the banner of Engaging Enemies was held in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2013.
The 2-day authors’ workshop will be held at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus on Monday, 27 October, and Tuesday, 28 October 2014. This support is generously provided by the East Asia Foundation, Korea, and the Pan Asia Institute, a collaboration of Indiana University and the Australian National University.
This workshop will lead to the 2015 publication of a volume provisionally titled Engaging Adversaries: Politics and practice. The October 2014 event will provide an opportunity to discuss papers and examine the extent to which a common approach to the topic emerges. Below is the workshop agenda.

Monday, 27 October

9:30 am (closed door)
Session 1: Preliminary discussion of “Engaging Adversaries” work
– Introductions and agenda-setting
– Update from Farrelly on the “Engaging Adversaries” project
– Brief presentation from Gurtov on the overall conceptualisation of the project
– Discussion

11:00 am – Break for morning tea

11:30 am (closed door)
Session 2: Context and case-studies
– Overview of US, Australian and European “engagement” policies
– North Korea discussion
– Iran discussion
– Myanmar discussion
– China discussion

1:00 pm – Lunch for participants

2:00 pm (closed door)
Session 3: Political and practicalities of engagement
– Practitioner input on key issues emerging from case-studies
– Identification of further themes relevant to the edited volume
– Discussion of key topics for the public forum

3:30 pm – Afternoon break and preparation for public forum

4:30 pm
Public forum: Engaging Adversaries: The Road Less Travelled
– Potential contributions from a sub-set of workshop participants including Gurtov, Luse, Istrabadi, Raun and Farrelly.
– 45 minutes of short presentations followed by 45 minutes of audience discussion

6:00 pm – Conclusion for the day

7:00 pm – Informal dinner for participants

Tuesday, 28 October

9:00 am (closed door)
Session 4: Making new arguments
– De-brief on yesterday’s sessions and public forum
– Short explanations of each key argument about engagement and how they may relate
– Suggestion of what other case-studies are needed for the volume to be comprehensive

10:30 am – Morning tea break

11:00 am (closed door)
Session 5: Structuring a coherent volume
– Final suggestions about the production of the edited volume
– Next steps

12 noon – Finish

Click here to see the flyer of the public forum, Monday, October 27, 4:30 pm in the Maurer School or Law.

Below is the previous conference on the same theme in 2013.

April 19, 2013    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Free and Open to the Public

With significant support from the East Asia Foundation which serves as the primary grant sponsor for this event, this day-long program will bring together theorists and practitioners who will delve deeply into a neglected but potentially crucial area of conflict prevention: engagement between enemy or rival states.   The focus on this work will be on North Korea and Iran, but the intention is to develop a keener, generalizable notion of the strategy of engagement along with potentially testable lessons from actual cases and measurable ways to identify successes and failures.


9:00     Opening remarks

9:15     Engaging Enemies:  Logic, Strategy, Method

Positive Engagement – Miroslav Nincic, University of California-Davis

Codes of Conduct as Tools for Engagement  – Mark Valencia, Nautilus Institute

The Strategy of Engagement – Mel Gurtov, Portland State University

10:45   Break

11:00   Engaging North Korea?

Hubris vs Grit:  The United States and the Two Koreas – Walter Clemens, Jr., Boston University

The Pros and Cons of Engaging the DPRK – Andrei Lankov, Kookmin University and the Australian National University

The Role of Humanitarian and Development Assistance – Karin Lee, National Committee on North Korea

12:30   Lunch Break

1:45     How to Engage North Korea

Engagement on Track II – Stu Thorson, Syracuse University

Economic Diplomacy and Engagement with North Korea – Stephan Haggard, UC San Diego Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies

The Necessity of Engagement – Kun A. Namkung, Independent Scholar and Consultant

3:15     Break

3:30     Opportunities for Engagement:  Iran and Burma

Avoiding War with Iran – Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council

The Role of Sanctions in Diplomacy with Iran – Kate Gould, Friends Committee on
National Legislation

Engaging Transitional Burma – Nicholas Farrelly, the Australian National University

5:00     Session ends

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Suggested Readings

Haggard, S., Lee, J., & Noland, M. (2011). Integration in the absence of institutions: China-North Korea cross-border exchange. (PIIE Working Paper 11-13). Washington, DC: Peterson Institute for International Economics. Retrieved March 12, 2013 from

Haggard, S. & Noland, M. (2010). Sanctioning North Korea: The political economy of denuclearization and proliferation. Asia Survey, 50 (3), 539-568. DOI: 10.1525/as.2010.50.3.539.

Stossel, S. (July 2005). North Korea: The war game. The Atlantic. Retrieved March 15, 2013 from

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