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Korean Peninsula Peace Forum

Date: Wednesday 25 October 2023, 2:00pm - 5:30pm
SOAS | 10 Thornhaugh Street | Russell Square | London WC1H 0XG | | [Map]

Tickets: Free | Registration required via SOAS website
Event will be held in the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
Girls stand in front of a mural of Kim Il Sung

Leading authorities from the academic and practitioner communities in the UK will discuss the current tense situation on the Korean peninsula and the prospects for the easing of tension and return to negotiations.

Looking at the strategy of the Republic of Korea (ROK), the Forum will first consider the complementarity between goals of promoting human rights and denuclearization as emphasized by the current Yoon Seok-Yeol administration. Turning to the broader international context, the Forum will then assess the implications of the recent diplomatic developments for security and cooperation on the peninsula.

It will focus on the results of the recent ROK-US-Japan summit (August 2023) and the DPRK-Russia summit (September 2023). This event is suitable for scholars, students, practitioners and members of the public with an interest in the international politics of the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. The event is generously supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

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2:00pm-2:30pm Keynote speeches

  • Republic of Korea Ambassador to the UK, HE Mr Yeocheol Yoon
  • Prof Joanna Newman, SOAS Provost
2:30pm-4:00pm Session 1
Inseparable connection between the North Korean nuclear issue and the North Korean human rights issue

  • Dr James Hoare (Former UK charge d’affairs to the DPRK, Centre of Korean Studies, SOAS)
  • Dr Marion Messmer, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House
  • Moderator: Prof Tat Yan Kong (Professor of Comparative Politics, SOAS)
4:00pm-4:25pm Coffee Break
4:25pm-5:30pm Session 2
ROK-US-Japan minilateralism and the North Korean nuclear issue

  • Mr Glyn Ford (Former Member of European Parliament and Director of Track2Asia)
  • Prof Christopher Hughes (Professor of International Politics & Japanese Studies, Warwick University)
  • Moderator: Dr Nicola Leveringhaus (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, King’s College)

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