October talks at Chatham House

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Two talks at the Korea Discussion Group at Chatham House in October.

Firstly:

The Six-Party Talks & the Future of the Korean Peninsula
Yuri Kim
Monday 15th October 2007
Meeting: 2.00-4.00pm
Chair: Jim Hoare

Yuri Kim is chief of the DPRK (North Korea) Affairs Division at the U.S. Department of State. Her portfolio covers the broad range of U.S. policy toward North Korea, including the Six-Party Talks, non-proliferation, and human rights in the DPRK. She works directly with Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks. Previous diplomatic assignments include Seoul (2003-06), the Executive Office of Secretary of State Colin Powell (2002-03), Tokyo (2000-2002), and Beijing (1998-2000). Yuri Kim holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil. from Cambridge University. She entered the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 1996, and speaks Korean, Chinese (Mandarin), and Japanese.

Secondly:

South Korean Politics: Right Turn in 2008?
Aidan Foster-Carter
Friday 19th October 20071
Meeting: 1.15-2.15pm
Lunch: 12.45-1.15 (£10.00 charge)
Chair: Jim Hoare

Aidan Foster-Carter has followed Korean affairs since 1968, starting (embarrassingly) as a juvenile fan of Kim Il-sung. Educated at Eton, Oxford and Hull, he taught sociology at universities in Hull, Dar es Salaam and Leeds from 1971-93. An early general interest in developing nations developed into a particular obsession with Korea. Since 1993 he has been a full-time Korea analyst and consultant: writing, lecturing and broadcasting for academic, business and policy audiences in the UK and worldwide. He writes regularly on Korea for, among others: the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Oxford Analytica, Asia Intelligence, IDEAglobal, NewNations and Comparative Connections. From 1993-97 he wrote a monthly North Korea Report for business, published in Seoul; and from 2000-05 a ‘Pyongyang Watch’ column for Asia Times Online (still available there). Books include Korea’s Coming Reunification (1992) and North Korea after Kim Il-sung (1994; both EIU). He has made over 20 visits to the peninsula, including two to North Korea. His ambitions are to read more Korean lyric poetry, and travel by train from Pusan to Paris.

As usual, pre-registration is required with Tamara Lynch.

The Korea Discussion Group is made possible thanks to the generous support provided by the The Korea Overseas Information Service (KOIS)

  1. After a bit of toing and froing, this 19th October date is now confirmed []

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