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Album Title: The Inaugural Fred Iklé Lecture
Date: February 19, 2016
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20036 Second Floor Conference Center

On February 19, 2016, HRNK held its first Fred Iklé lecture at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, featuring Justice Michael Kirby with introductory remarks by HRNK Co-chair Emeritus Roberta Cohen and a special guest appearance by Mimi Iklé, daughter of Fred Iklé. 

Dr. Fred Charles Iklé (August 21, 1924 – November 10, 2011) was a Swiss-born sociologist and
defense expert who became a significant part of the US defense policy establishment. While Dr.
Iklé is remembered as the scholar, policy maker, and visionary who contributed to keeping America
safe and designing the grand strategy that won the Cold War, HRNK remembers him as one of its
founding Board members. Fifteen years after its establishment, HRNK continues to be a strong organization
with a record of original research and well-received publications on North Korean human
rights in no small part because of Dr. Iklé’s ideas, passion, and reputation.

Dr. Iklé’s expertise was in defense and foreign policy, nuclear strategy, and the role of technology
in the emerging international order. After a career in academia (including a professorship at MIT)
he was appointed director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in 1973-1977,
before becoming Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (1981 to 1988). He was later a member of
the Council on Foreign Relations and the Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board Advisory
Committee, a Distinguished Scholar with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS),
and Director of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Dr. Iklé remained at the Defense Department until 1988, when he joined the Center for Strategic
and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Iklé served as a Commissioner on the National Commission
on Terrorism, contributing to a major report in June 2000, and for nine years as Director of
the National Endowment for Democracy. He co-chaired the bipartisan Commission on Integrated
Long-Term Strategy, which published Discriminate Deterrence in January 1988. In 1975 and 1987,
Iklé received the highest civilian award of the Department of Defense, the Medal for Distinguished
Public Service. In 1988, he was awarded the Bronze Palm. Iklé served as chairman of the Board of
the Telos Corporation and as a director of the Zurich-American Insurance Companies. He was a
Director of CMC Energy Services and served as Governor of the Smith Richardson Foundation.
He was the author of several books and numerous articles on defense, foreign policy, and arms control,
including How Nations Negotiate and Every War Must End.



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Robert Collins and Amanda Mortwedt Oh
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David Hawk with Amanda Mortwedt Oh
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North Korea Camp No. 25 Update 2
Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Andy Dinville, and Mike Eley
Nov 29, 2016

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The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC and AllSource Analysis, a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, have conducted a satellite imagery-based rapid assessment of flood damage at Kyo-hwa-so No. 12, Jongo-ri in Hamgyŏng-bukto, North Korea. Thousands of political prisoners are held in this re-education prison labor camp together with common offenders.