SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

North Korea Faces the World: A Story of Nuclear Weapons, Economic Reform, and Normalization​

Ramon Pacheco Pardo
Dr Ramon Pachero Pardo (King’s College London)

Date: 23 January 2015Time: 5:45 PM

Finishes: 23 January 2015Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar


The Kim Jong Un government has continued to develop the nuclear weapons and proliferation programmes that marked much of his father's time in power. There is no indication that Pyongyang will be giving up these programmes any time soon. Concurrently, North Korea seems to have embarked on an economic reform process which includes attracting both investment and tourists. This has been accompanied by a diplomatic opening up involving the establishment of new embassies and engagement with selected international institutions. How can these seemingly contradictory processes of military build-up and proliferation on the one hand and reform and normalization on the other work together? What are the goals that the North Korean regime is seeking to obtain with them? These issues will be discussed in detail in this talk.


Ramon Pacheco Pardo is Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of European & International Studies at King's College London. He is also an Associate at LSE IDEAS and the Lau China Institute. His areas of research include East Asia's international relations and political economy and EU-East Asia relations. Dr Pacheco Pardo has been a visiting researcher at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Korea University. His most recent book is North Korea-US Relations under Kim Jong Il: The Quest for Normalization? (Routledge, 2014).

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