Ambassador Lim on security challenges in NE Asia

Notice of the upcoming Korean Studies evening seminar at SOAS: Security Challenges in Northeast Asia HE Ambassador Sungnam Lim 31 October 2014, 5:15 – 7:00 pm Brunei Gallery Room B102 With an introduction by Professor Paul Webley, Director of SOAS, University of London, and chaired by Dr Tat Yan Kong (SOAS, University of London).

Looking back at 2013: Domestic news

Our final look back at 2013, including a random collection of news stories, mainly domestic, that caught our attention. In the news Asiana Airlines flight 214 from Incheon crashed on landing at San Francisco airport on 6 July. The Boeing 777 had approached the runway too low and too slow. An American local TV station […]

Conference report: ROK-UK Forum on Peaceful Unification of Korea and Human Rights in North Korea

Thanks to guest contributor Sinae Hong for this report from the conference earlier this week. The ROK-UK Forum on Peaceful Unification of Korea and Human Rights in North Korea was held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel on Friday 19th November, 2013. The Cromwell Suite was full with well over 150 people, from British Veterans of […]

Korea-UK Forum on The Peaceful Unification of Korea

An upcoming conference on inter-Korea issues. Registration is required via the contact details on the poster below: Korea-UK Forum on The Peaceful Unification of Korea THE CROMWELL SUITE Millennium Gloucester Hotel, SW7 4LH 19 November 2013, 1pm – 9pm As part of the Korean President State Visit in November 2013 and to celebrate the 130th […]

Wayne Rooney more important than WWIII?

A well-known commentator on North Korea was phoned by BBC Radio 5 Live today to talk on air about the recent escalation of tension on the peninsula. They held him on the line for 15 minutes, and then said that they were sorry but they would not be doing North Korea because they had a […]

The Korean Peninsula Tensions and the Role of Other Powers

New of an upcoming seminar at the Daiwa Foundation: The Korean Peninsula Tensions and the Role of Other Powers 26 February 2013 6:00 – 7:45pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:45pm 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP Organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Book Here After the “successful” launch on 12 December 2012 of […]

Looking back at 2012: DPRK and regional news

In the third of four round-ups of things that caught our eye in 2012, we look back at some of the stories from the DPRK and Seoul’s external relations. DPRK The leadership transition proceeded smoothly, contrary to many observers’ expectations. Kim Jong-un showed that he had inherited his father’s expensive tastes, with a story that […]

2012 Travel Diary 9: Yun Isang — Victim of the Cold War

Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do, Monday 26 March 2012. For most big Korean cultural events there’s a glossy brochure with a welcome message from various officials and dignitaries. And for the most important events you might expect a welcome message from the Minister of Culture. It is a measure of the sensitivity of the Tongyeong International Music Festival’s […]

The DMZ as eco-tourism – and as a garden

South Korea is turning the DMZ into eco-tourism zone, says Lucy Williamson on the BBC. Hwang Jihae’s DMZ Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show this year is looking increasingly relevant. Links: LKL’s complete coverage of Hwang Jihae’s gardens at Chelsea 2012 and 2011 Quiet Time: DMZ Forbidden Garden on Facebook. Please donate using the Paypal […]

North Korea’s nuclear threat and the upcoming Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

In March 2012, South Korea will be hosting the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, will introduce some of the issues at December’s Global Korea Lecture at the KCC. Pre-registration necessary. North Korea’s nuclear threat and the upcoming Seoul Nuclear Security […]

Two Koreas: Past, Present and Future – at LSE

Looks like an interesting conference at the London School of Economics. Unfortunately, it’s the same day as another interesting conference organised by BAKS (26 Nov). On 26th November 2011, LSESU Korean Society is proud to present the first student-run Korean Economic and Political Forum: “Two Koreas: Past, Present and Future”. The forum will be divided […]