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To end the Korean War? Peace on the Peninsula

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To end the Korean War? Peace on the Peninsula

Byoung-Kon Jun, Jae-Jung Suh, Philip Zelikow

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
11:30AM - 1:00PM (EDT)
Event Details

Are we on the verge of peace or another bout of crisis over the Korean peninsula? It was not too long ago that the United States and North Korea hurled nuclear threats at each other, bringing the world closer to a nuclear confrontation. After heated exchanges of threats and counter-threats in 2017, however, President Donald Trump met with Chairman Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 2018 for the historic first summit between the two countries.

They met again this year in Hanoi for a second summit. Why did the two leaders turn away from their hardline policies of 2017 to engage each other in diplomacy? Has their diplomacy resulted in any tangible progress on Korea's denuclearization or peace? What are the prospects that their second summit will do so? 

On March 20, nine delegates from the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) will come to the Miller Center to attend the inaugural KINU-UVA Joint Symposium on Korea. The KINU is the South Korean government think tank on the issues related to the unification of the two Koreas. In the symposium, two leading experts will address the aforementioned questions and more. UVA and Miller Center Professor Philip Zelikow, Professor Jae-Jung Suh from Japan (International Christian University), and KINU Vice President Byoung-Kon Jun will give the audience an update on the summit and their analysis. They will also add historical context and regional perspectives to help clarify the situation on the peninsula and Northeast Asia.

When
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
11:30AM - 1:00PM (EDT)
Where
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Speakers
Byoung-Kon Jun

Byoung-Kon Jun

Byoung-Kon Jun specializes in Chinese politics, international relations in Northeast Asia, and China–North Korea relations. He is the Vice President of the Korea Institute for National Unification and an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Dr. Jun earned both his Ph.D. in political science and B.A. in literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. His recent publications include "China’s Sanctions on North Korea after Its Fourth Nuclear Test” (Pacific Focus, 2017), "Seeking a Unification Strategy Based on the Changed for Unification After the North Korea’s 4th and 5th Nuclear Tests and Ways to Spread the Public Consensus on Unification," (2017; in Korean), and "Development of Sino-DPRK Relations after Establishment of Diplomatic Ties between South Korea and China," (2016; in Korean).

Jae-Jung Suh

Jae-Jung Suh

Jae-Jung Suh is a professor at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Woodrow Wilson fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2013–14), was associate professor at John Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (2007–13), and was assistant professor at Cornell University (2000–07). His book Challenges of Modernization and Governance in South Korea: The Sinking of the Sewol and Its Causes was published in 2017.

Philip Zelikow

Philip Zelikow

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the University of Virginia, where he has also served as dean of the Graduate School and director of the Miller Center. His scholarly work has focused on critical episodes in American and world history. 

He was a trial and appellate lawyer and then a career diplomat before taking academic positions at Harvard, then Virginia. Before and during his academic career, he has served at all levels of American government. His federal service during five administrations has included positions in the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon. His last full-time government position was as the counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Condoleezza Rice.