Bombs, Rockets and Succession - What is Happening in North Korea?
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.