Bombs, Rockets and Succession - What is Happening in North Korea?
Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, Leeds University
Dr Jim Hoare, Freelance Writer; Broadcaster on Korean Affairs; Chargé d'Affaires and HM Consul General, British Embassy Pyongyang (2001-2002)
Chair: Sir John Birch, Members Events Advisory Group, Chatham House
Recent months have once again focused on developments on the Korean Peninsula, after an alleged satellite launch, a highly belligerent North Korean response to UN sanctions and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's apparent stroke. Since he has no named successor, this has provoked speculation about who exactly is running the country.
The speakers will discuss these developments and analyze the impact of a return to the old confrontational policies between North and South following on from last year's election of a conservative president in South Korea, who quickly moved away from his predecessors' engagement policy towards the North. They will also discuss how, despite high expectations and major modifications in the United States' policies towards North Korea, 2008 ended without final agreement on North Korean denuclearization.