Dr. Carrie Currier Speaks at Chip Herr Memorial Lecture

On September 17, Carrie Currier, PhD, headlined the Captain David R. “Chip” Herr, Jr. ’80 Memorial Lecture series. Dr. Currier, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Texas Christian University, teaches courses in Asian politics. View the lecture in its entirety. Her research focuses on China and that country’s economic reform.
The predominant theme of Dr. Currier’s lecture focused on the social and political relations of nuclear arms policy between the U.S. and North Korea. She shared that most public opinions of the relationship between the countries is based on perspective. “It is important to take yourself out of your comfort zone and gain a full understanding of other perspectives,” she said.
Much of the tension has arisen from the fact that North Korea’s leaders want to be treated as equal partners by the U.S., Russia, France, the United Kingdom and China. These five countries are recognized as nuclear-weapon states and parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Signed in 1970, the treaty recognizes these states as those that have built and tested nuclear explosives. North Korea wants the U.S. to follow through on its promises to assist North Korea with economic support and a promise to not attack before it turns over its nuclear arms. The U.S. wants North Korea to surrender its arms before providing support economically. Each country is motivated by its own culture and social mores and until these leaders look at the situation from another perspective they will remain at a standoff, Dr. Currier noted.
This was the ninth year that Fort Worth Country Day has been honoring Herr’s heroic efforts when he served in the Persian Gulf in August 1990. His helicopter malfunctioned and crashed in eastern Saudi Arabia on February 3, 1991. Herr is the only FWCD graduate who has died in service to his country.
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