Between Maximum Pressure and Minimum Engagement: The EU’s Foreign Policy Towards North Korea

Lecture | May 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Tereza Novotná, Free University Berlin

 Institute of European Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

Since the PyeongChang Olympic Games at the beginning of 2018, hopes have risen for a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Three inter-Korean summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have taken place as well as the Singapore Summit between him and US President Donald Trump. Yet these ups have been followed by various downs, including the breakdown of the second US-DPRK summit in Hanoi. If the cycle reverts back to the “maximum pressure” policy, the North Korean conundrum may not only represent an international crisis, but it can also develop into a future hotspot where policies of the allies, the EU and the US (and others), may critically diverge, forcing the EU and its Member States into the Iraq war-like choices.
Can the stalled denuclearization talks be revived? How can the EU contribute to a solution? What is the best strategy that the new EU leadership should adopt after the May 2019 European elections? The lecture will look into these and other questions related to the EU’s foreign policy on the Korean Peninsula and in North East Asia.

Dr Tereza Novotná is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the Center for European Integration at Free University Berlin where she works on her two-year “EUSKOR” research project about the role of the EU on the Korean peninsula and in North East Asia. She is also a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the EUROPEUM, a Prague-based think-tank and was previously a Korea Foundation Visiting Professor at Seoul National University, a Fudan Fellow in Shanghai and a post-doctoral researcher at Universite libre de Bruxelles.
Tereza received her Ph.D. in Politics and European Studies from Boston University and other degrees from Charles University Prague. Tereza is the author of the monograph How Germany Unified and the EU Enlarged: Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and a co-editor of The Politics of Transatlantic Trade Negotiations: TTIP in a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2015). Her other research has been published in, among others, Journal of Common Market Studies, German Politics and Society, West European Politics, and Journal for Contemporary European Research as well as numerous policy and media outlets, including Washington Post, EurActiv, EU Observer, The Conversation, and others. She has also practical experience from working for the European Commission/EEAS, the EU Delegation in Washington, DC and the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU.