Korean Peninsula Peace Forum

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2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Brunei Gallery
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)
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About this event

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.


Time Content Presenter
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 Aidan Foster-Carter (Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, Leeds University)

Prof Christopher Hughes (Professor of International Politics & Japanese Studies, Warwick University)

Moderator: Dr Nicola Leveringhaus (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, King's College)


This event is open to all, but registration is required.

Organisers: London Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Science, Department of Politics and International Studies, Centre of Korean Studies, and Embassy of the Republic of Korea