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Korean Peninsula Peace Forum 2021

King’s London announces the 2021 Korea Peace Forum, organised in collaboration with SOAS atn the ROK Embassy

Korean Peninsula Peace Forum 2021

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 14:30
Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG
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Peace Forum 2021

The 2021 forum will involve leading academics and practitioners discussing the political and security situation in the Korean Peninsula

About this event
The situation in the Korean Peninsula has evolved dramatically in recent years.

From the threat of war, to historic inter-Korean and US-North Korea summits, to the current stalemate, the prospects for reconciliation and peace have suffered multiple ups and downs.

However, at the initiative of Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, Seoul is seeking to move towards trust building and negotiations between the South, the North and the United States.

Meanwhile, South Korea, the UK and other European countries are increasingly focusing their attention and efforts on the stability of security of the Indo-Pacific. Seoul and its European counterparts are seeking ways to navigate Sino-American competition, torn between their ideas and close links with the US on the one hand and their goal to prevent a new Cold War on the other.

Against this backdrop, the 2021 Korea Peace Forum will involve leading academics and practitioners discussing the political and security situation in the Korean Peninsula; their experiences in dealing with North Korea; and potential ways to find common ground in the Indo-Pacific region.

King’s College London will act as host for the 2021 forum, with support from SOAS, University of London and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Draft schedule

14:30 – 14:45 : Opening

  • Professor Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President (Global Engagement) and Vice-Principal (International), King’s College London
  • Professor Adam Habib, Principal and Director, SOAS
  • Ambassador Gunn Kim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UK

14:45 – 15:45 : Panel 1: Europe’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea: what have we learned?

  • Ambassador John Everard, former UK Ambassador to the DPRK
  • Mr James Hoare, former UK Chargé d’Affaires to the DPRK
  • Ms Hong Juhyoung, Korean Peninsula and Foreign Affairs Reporter, Segye Times
  • Chair: Dr Tat Yan Kong, Reader in Comparative Politics, SOAS

15.45-15.55 : Coffee break
15.55-16.55 : Panel 2: UK’s and EU’s tilt towards the Indo Pacific and its influence on the peace of the Korean Peninsula

  • Mr Reinhold Brender, Head of Division Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, European External Action Service
  • Ms Kim Saeme, KF Indo-Pacific Programme Visiting Fellow, RUSI
  • Dr Avinash Paliwal, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, SOAS
  • Chair: Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Professor of International Relations, King’s College London

16:55 – 17:00 : Closing

(automatically generated) You can find a video of this event on the Kings College London YouTube channel, here.

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