London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Top banking watchdog in town. You too can quiz him

Dr Jun Kwang Woo, the Chairman of the Korean Financial Services Commission, is in Paris and London this week for a range of meetings, including the UK finance minister and the FSA. He will also be speaking to the Korea Discussion Group at Chatham House on Friday afternoon at 4pm. His subject is Korea’s responses … [Read More]

Park Cheol-hee at Chatham House

The next Korea Discussion Group talk, on 19 February, will be ‘Korean Foreign Policy Initiatives under the New Presidency’ by Dr. Park Cheol Hee. Jim Hoare will be chairing. The meeting is 1-2pm with lunch 12:30-1:00 (£10 charge) Dr. Park is currently associate professor at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Seoul National … [Read More]

North Korea: new approaches – conference report

The panel and attendance list of the 8th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees was a who’s who of North Korean experts and Koreanists in general1. As expected, there was no representation from the DPRK embassy. Given that more than one panellist characterised past conferences as “people getting together to bash North … [Read More]

North Korea – New Approaches

Received from Chatham House: North Korea: NEW APPROACHES The 8th International Conference on North Korean Human Rights & Refugees January 22, 2008 – London, UK Venue: Chatham House — The Royal Institute of International Affairs 10 St James’s Square, London SW1Y4LE AGENDA Language of proceedings: Korean/English Tuesday, 22 January, 2008 09:00 Registration (Chatham House, 10 … [Read More]

Leonid Petrov at Chatham House

Korea Discussion Group Thursday 6th December 2007 “Squaring the Circle in North Korea: Pyongyang Strives for “Economic Miracle” (Domestic Politics and Socio-Economic Realities) Speaker: Leonid Petrov Lunch: 12.30-1.00 (£10.00 charge) Meeting: 1.00-2.00pm Film Screening: 2.15 — 4.15pm Chair: Jim Hoare The talk will draw heavily on the findings of a recent visit to the DPRK … [Read More]

October talks at Chatham House

Two talks at the Korea Discussion Group at Chatham House in October. Firstly: The Six-Party Talks & the Future of the Korean Peninsula Yuri Kim Monday 15th October 2007 Meeting: 2.00-4.00pm Chair: Jim Hoare Yuri Kim is chief of the DPRK (North Korea) Affairs Division at the U.S. Department of State. Her portfolio covers the … [Read More]

The North viewed from the North

Korea Discussion Group “The North viewed from the North: A Swedish diplomat’s take on North Korea since 2001” Ambassador Paul Beijer Wednesday 5th September 2007 Meeting: 1.15-2.15pm Lunch: 12.45-1.15 (£10.00 charge) Chair: Jim Hoare The talk will be on the topic of The North viewed from the North: A Swedish diplomat’s take on North Korea … [Read More]

Two ambassadors and a minister at Chatham House

Next week is an eventful one for followers of the foreign relations of the two Koreas. On Wednesday afternoon there’s a rare opportunity to hear two of the most senior figures from the foreign ministry of the DPRK speak on the subject of the DPRK’s foreign relations, while on Thursday lunchtime the Korea Discussion Group … [Read More]

Upcoming Korea Discussion Group talk at Chatham House

Another talk has been arranged for lunchtime on 3 April, on the topic of Inside North Korea: Changes and Continuity. The speaker will be Dr Kongdan Oh. Biography, courtesy of the Korea Discussion Group: Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at … [Read More]

Korea’s cute and funky cultural exports

Chatham House Korea Discussion Group China’s ‘Korea Wave’: National Branding, Piracy, Idols and Fans Speaker: Dr Rowan Pease, 6 December 2006, 1:15pm If ever you get the chance to hear Rowan Pease talk on her chosen subject of the hallyu in China, drop everything and go to it. Even if you’ve heard some of her … [Read More]

Chatham House talk on DPRK

As part of Chatham House’s Asia Programme there will be a talk given by Jasper Becker on the topic of The Challenge of North Korea to Regional and Global Stability next Thursday afternoon, August 17th. Biographical information provided by Chatham House follows: Jasper Becker is one of the UK’s most respected writers and journalists on … [Read More]