The situation in the Korean Peninsula has made many headlines in the last couple of years. With North Korea’s all out attempt to attain nuclear and ICBM capabilities in defiance of the international sanctions and pressure campaign led by President Donald Trump and US allies around the world, the situation looked precarious and dangerous.
However, at the initiative of President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea, the tide has turned in favour of trust building and negotiations between South, North and the US since the beginning of this year. There have been historic summits between the two Koreas and between the North and the US. However, the road towards denuclearisation and the establishment of lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula is far from smooth.
Against this backdrop, this forum will involve leading academics from both Korea and the UK discussing how to advance the current negotiations; how inter-Korean relations are developing and how North Korea can be integrated into the international economy; and also the roles that the UK and the rest of Europe can play to support this process.