In March 2021, North Korea launched its first ballistic missile test in almost one year. This latest exhibition of its military capabilities raises urgent questions about how to address one of the most complex and long-standing global security challenges facing the international community.
Despite decades of economic sanctions, many of which have come with significant humanitarian costs, North Korea’s nuclear program has only grown. This has led to fissures among key actors, including the Republic of Korea, the United States, Europe, China and Japan, at a time when greater coordination is needed on the issue.
- What are the prospects for the future of US-North Korea relations, following the Biden administration’s internal review of its policy towards North Korea?
- What will be the likely developments in the North Korea policy of the Moon administration during President Moon Jae-in’s final year in office?
- How can the United States and its key regional allies, South Korea and Japan, as well as other actors, better cooperate to address the challenge of North Korea?
- What could be the role for other regional actors, China and Russia, in supporting a phased approach for negotiation with North Korea, and the efficacy of the international sanctions regime?
- How can humanitarian assistance and human rights considerations help frame the issues that are most important for enhancing stability on the Korean peninsula?
This event forms part of the Korea Foundation Korea Fellowship funded by the Korea Foundation and Yeosijae Future Consensus Institute.
It is held in collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils on Geopolitics and the Korean Peninsula.
This webinar is on the record and will be recorded.
Opening remarks: Robin Niblett, Director and Chief Executive, Chatham House
Hazel Smith, Professorial Research Associate in Korean Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and Professor Emerita of International Security, Cranfield University, UK
Chung-in Moon, Chairman, Sejong Institute
Jean Lee, Director, Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Chair: John Nilsson-Wright, Korea Foundation Korea Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House