First Friday Forum Topic for January is Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

(Courtesy Dr. Michael Baker)
As the United States continues to have a tenuous relationship with North Korea, First Friday Forum presents the timely topic, “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula and a Rational Way Forward.” Dr. Michael Baker is the lecturer Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary of LOPC, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, or via Zoom.

    Despite the 2018 Trump-Kim summit, declared a success by both sides, tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to rise. Will erratic behavior and aggressive rhetoric result in conflict?
    Guest speaker Dr. Michael Baker will discuss the importance of the Koreas to their neighbors and world commerce in a webinar presentation titled “Crisis on the Korean Peninsula and a Rational Way Forward,” Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. 
    Baker will examine why North Korea acts in a belligerent fashion and whether this poses a credible threat to the security of the USA and its allies. U.S. and allied options, such as diplomacy and war, will be explained, along with a way forward featuring so-called constructive engagement.
    Dr. Baker is a retired general surgeon. He also had a military career, retiring as a Rear Admiral. A Commander of U.S. Naval Medical Forces in Korea 2001-2005, he has experience in strategy, contingency planning and multinational exercises. Baker teaches about the military for Osher Life Long Learning Programs at UC Berkeley, California State University – East Bay, Dominican University and others.
    This is the first of 2022’s First Friday Forum lecture series presented by Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC). 
    Mark your calendars for future forums. The next two during winter will be Feb. 4, UC Berkeley lecturer Marilyn Chase, “Everything She Touched: The Life of Ruth Asawa” and March 4, Dr. Juan Ruiz-Guajardo, “Mexican Culture in the Context of the US-Mexico Relationship.”
    In the spring, the program will feature April 1, Dr. Larry Toy, “Astronomy – The 5% We Know and the 95% We Don’t Know”; May 6, Dr. Amos Guiora, “Enablers: Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults”; and finally, June 3, Ryan Tempte, former Children’s Ministry Director at LOPC, “The Impact of the Pandemic on Children and Families.”
    To register for all webinar presentations, visit

    Bobbie Dodson can be reached at

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