Predicting Change in North Korea: the Post Kim Jong-il Era

The University of Cambridge Department of East Asian Studies is pleased to announce the following lecture in its series of East Asian seminars.

This seminar will take place on Wednesday, November 25th in Room 7 of the Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (formerly Oriental Studies), Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge from 12.30-14.00

Please note: this session is in a round-table brown bag format. (No food will be provided, but do feel free to bring your own sandwich lunch). Places are limited so please arrive early.

SohnKwang-Joo Sohn is a prominent and well-known South Korean journalist who writes and commentates regularly on the politics and international relations of East Asia and whose many works have been translated into both English and Japanese. He currently is editor in chief of the Daily NK, a prominent newspaper dedicated to coverage of the Democratic people’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and cited as “the most well known North Korean news source amongst specialists in South Korea, the US and Japan.” In his earlier career, Mr Sohn was a reporter on Dong-A Ilbo, a leading South Korean daily newspaper, and has also served ina number of prominent government positions, including membership of the Unification Policy Institute research committee of the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) and as a participant on the 17th Presidential Transition Team. Most recently he was also head of the Ideology Research Center within South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS). He lectures at South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense and is a frequent commentator for CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, leading Japanese media outlets, and KBS.

His topic will focus on aspects of third generation succession in North Korea, the North’s collective leadership system, and potential emergency scenarios in the DPRK

The presentation and discussion will be on the record. Mr Sohn will be accompanied by Minister Beomchan Lee of the ROK Embassy.

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