The Security of the Korean Peninsula after the Olympics: Perspectives on South Korea, North Korea, China Trilateral Relations

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soojin Park, Wilson Center; Yun Sun, Stimson Center; Mark Tokola, Korea Economic Institute of America

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Korea Economic Institute of America, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The 2018 Winter Olympics presented an opportunity for reduced tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but can it help lead to a better outcome for the North Korea nuclear crisis or is it just a one-off event? At this time of heightened uncertainty in Northeast Asia, please join us for a panel co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America to discuss the increasingly complex relations among three countries critical to resolving the North Korea nuclear issue and what we might expect moving forward.

“The View from Seoul” - Soojin Park, Wilson Center
“The View from Beijing” - Yun Sun, Stimson Center
“The View from Pyongyang” - Mark Tokola, Korea Economic Institute of America

SOOJIN PARK is a Public Policy Fellow in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and Asia Program. Park served as Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Unification in the Korean government from 2011 to 2016. She attended numerous inter-Korean talks to resume operations at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex. Park has a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University in Korea and a master’s degree in Communication with emphasis on Public Affairs & Issue Management from Purdue University.

YUN SUN is a Senior Associate with the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

MARK TOKOLA is Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, DC. He retired as a U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014. He has served at the American Embassies in London, England; Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and, Reykjavik, Iceland. He holds a BA in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and an LL.M. in European Community Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland., 510-642-2809