The recent threats of war by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un have caused serious alarm in the international community and tensions to rise on the Korean peninsula. This is not the first time such threats have been made. Should they be taken seriously, or are they part of a pattern of diplomatic strategy? How real is the threat of war from North Korea? To discuss these questions the Council hosted the Hon. Joseph DeTrani, President of Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and former US Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with North Korea; Bonnie S. Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Senior Associate, Pacific Forum at CSIS; and David Maxwell, Associate Director of the Center for Security Studies and the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. Program moderated by Dr. Jae-Jung Suh, Associate Professor and Director of the Korea Studies Program at John Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.