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  • Booklist: International relations and diplomacy (48 titles)
    • 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 Register via Eventbrite The 2021 forum will involve leading academics and practitioners discussing the political and security situation in the Korean … [Read More]

      Ra Jong-yil Lecture 2021 – Professor Victor D Cha

      This year’s Ra Jong-yil Lecture for Cambridge’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will be given by Victor Cha, this Friday lunchtime. Korea’s Place in Coalitional Diplomacy Friday, 11 June 2021 13:00 – 14:30 (UK time) The talk will be held via Zoom | registration required via this link The international system today is … [Read More]

      Korea beyond the headlines: the 2020 LSESU Korea Future Forum

      Claire Evans, a member of the LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Association, introduces this Saturday’s conference. The LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Association takes pride in being the largest student-run organisation in the world dedicated to discussion of Korean peninsula issues. Its annual conference, the Korea Future Forum, brings together leading experts from around the … [Read More]

      SOAS seminar: China and the two Koreas – What next?

      Monday 14 October 2019, 5:00 – 6:30 pm SOAS | College Buildings | Russell Square. Room: Djam Lecture Theatre (DLT) This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required Abstract ‘Engagement’ of a kind may have replaced ‘fire and fury’ on the Korean Peninsula after Kim Jong-un met with … [Read More]

      The Duke of York’s visit to Korea

      HRH Prince Andrew paid a visit to Korea last week, and as part of his visit retraced the footsteps of his mother’s state visit twenty years ago. He arrived on 12 May and his first engagement was a reception hosted by the ambassador HE Simon Smith: The next day, after giving a welcome speech … [Read More]

      Times under fire for Korean aid allegations

      The (London) Times is drawing fire from the Chosun for its mischievous linking of Seoul’s increasing largesse in foreign aid with Ban Ki-Moon’s candidacy for the secretary-generalship of the United Nations. An article from last week catalogued the increased amounts of aid pledged by Seoul to various African nations. A prompt rebuttal by the ministry … [Read More]

      Seoul’s relations with Africa and Cuba

      AidanFC’s recent article in the Asia Times noted that South Korea now has diplomatic relations with all the African countries, with the opening of ambassador-level relations with the Republic of Guinea on 28 August. He gives some of the history There was a time when Guinea was a beacon of the Afro-Asian struggle against colonialism. … [Read More]

      DPRK e-bulletin: American sanctions

      Another e-bulletin which arrived recently: DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Demands U.S. Lift of Financial Sanctions Pyongyang, August 26 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry released a statement on August 26 accusing the United States of more persistently escalating its financial sanctions against the DPRK. It said: In the wake of the publication … [Read More]

      DPRK e-bulletin: “Ulji focus lens” exercises

      Apologies for the delay in posting this and the following e-bulletin from the London embassy of the DPRK: KPA Panmunjom Mission Terms “Ulji Focus Lens” War Action Panmunjom, August 22 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People’s Army issued a statement Tuesday condemning the “Ulji Focus Lens” joint military exercises … [Read More]

      Alternative takes on Independence Day

      The Chosun Ilbo provides some interesting alternative takes on Independence Day. It’s not just the day that Koizumi visited the Yasukuni shrine again, or when Koreans held anti-American demonstrations. First, the event was marked in Japan, as it has for the past 16 years, by a “Concert for Peace” given by the Tokyo Phil, this … [Read More]

      Conspiracy theories

      Tom Coyner has a mischievous speculation in one of his recent email news updates. I sometimes wonder if Pres Roh and PM Koizumi have these gentleman agreements, off the record of course, that allow each of them to act ridiculous so as to pander to local politics while knowing that the other politician is giving … [Read More]