National Security and Foreign Relations with North Korea: A South Korean Perspective

Panel Discussion | June 20 | 3:30-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library | Note change in time and location

 Chung-in Moon; Ihk-pyo Hong; Jae-jung Lee; Jong Dae Kim; Sung-Hwan Kim; Sun-sook Park; Jaeho Hwang

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), East Asia Foundation, The Asia Foundation

A bipartisan delegation of members of South Korea’s 20th National Assembly will visit UC Berkeley this summer to discuss South Korea’s engagement policy toward North Korea. Led by Chung-in Moon, special advisor to the President of South Korea on policy regarding North Korea, together with former South Korean foreign minister Sung-Hwan Kim, the panel discussion will focus on South Korea’s current stance on national security and foreign relations in relation to North Korea. This event will be held primarily in Korean with consecutive English interpretation.

Speaker Bios:

Chung-in Moon, Special Advisor to the ROK President

Chung-in Moon is special advisor to the ROK president for unification and national security affairs. He is also distinguished university professor at Yonsei University, Krause distinguished fellow at School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego, and editor-in-chief of Global Asia, a quarterly journal in English. He was dean of the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei Univ. and served as Ambassador for International Security Affairs of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Trade and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post. He has published over 60 books and 300 articles in edited volumes and scholarly journals. His recent publications include The Future of East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), co-edited with Peter Hayes, What Does Japan Think Now? (in Korean 2013, in Chinese 2016), The Sunshine Policy: In Defense of Engagement as a Path to Peace in Korea (Yonsei University Press, 2012), and Exploring the Future of China (in Korean 2010 in Korean and 2012 in Chinese). He also served as president of the Korea Peace Studies Association and Vice President of the International Studies Association (ISA) of North America.

Sung-Hwan Kim, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea

Sung-Hwan Kim was a career diplomat and served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea from October 2010 to March 2013. With a career spanning over 36 years, he held a number of senior diplomatic posts including the Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and National Security and Vice Minister of MOFAT. He was ROK's ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna and the ROK's Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He was appointed as a Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in July, 2010. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he served as the Chair of Institute for Global Social Responsibility and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Seoul National University until March 2015. Now he is working as a Distinguished Professor at the Hanyang University and the Chairman of the Gangwon Art and Culture Foundation.

Ihk-pyo Hong, Member of the National Assembly

Ihk-pyo Hong is a member of the Democratic Party of Korea, representing the Seoul Joonggu-Seongdonggu District. He is also the Vice Chairman of the National Assembly’s Public Administration & Security Committee and the Chief Spokesperson of the Korea Democratic Party Speaker. His past professional experience includes serving the Democratic Party of Korea as the Senior Vice Chairman of the Policy Committee and as the Spokesman of the House. He was also a coordinating member of the Advisory Committee for State Affairs, the Chief Spokesperson for Jae-in Moon’s 2017 Presidential Campaign, and Vice Chairman of the 20th National Assembly’s Trade-Industry-Energy Committee. Prior to that he was a researcher at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and a policy advisor at the Ministry of Unification. He earned his Ph.D in Political Science and his B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy, both from Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea.

Jae-jung Lee, Member of the National Assembly

Jae-jung Lee is affiliated with the Democratic Party of Korea. She has served in many different roles within the party, including her current positions as Spokesperson and Chairperson of the Anyang-si Dongan-eul Chapter, as well as past positions including Deputy Director of the Education and Training Center, Co-Chair of the Broadcasting and Debate Sector for the Election Management Committee, Vice Chair of the Policy Committee and others. In her capacity as a member of the 20th National Assembly she is also a member of the National Assembly’s Public Administration and Security Committee and has previously been a member of both the House Steering Committee and the Gender Equality and Family Committee. Her other current positions include serving as a member of the Special Committee on Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation, member of the Steering Committee for the Central Party Supporters’ Association, and Standing Vice Chairperson for the National Unity Committee. She earned her B.A. in Private Law from Kyungpook National University.

Jong Dae Kim, Member of the National Assembly

Jong Dae Kim is affiliated with the Justice Party. In his role as a member of the National Assembly he also serves as a member of the Assembly’s National Defense Committee. His former positions included Editor and Publisher of Defense21+, Innovation Officer of the Emergency Planning Commission in the Prime Minister’s office, Secretary to the President for National Defense, Expert Member of National Defense for the 16th Commission on Presidential Transition, and Parliamentary Aide of the National Defense Committee in the 14th, 15th, and 16th National Assemblies. He earned his B.A. from the Yonsei University School of Economics.

Sun-sook Park, Member of the National Assembly

Sun-sook Park is affiliated with the Bareunmirae Party and is currently a member of the 20th National Assembly. She formerly served as a member of the 18th National Assembly from 2008 to 2012. She was Vice Minister of Environment from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, she served as the Secretary to the President for the Public Relations, Senior Secretary to the President for the Public Relations and as a Spokesperson for the Presidential Secretariat from 1998 to 2003. She completed her doctoral program in Politics at Kyungnam University in Korea in 2012, her MA in Trade Diplomacy and International Relations from Sogang University Graduate School of Public Policy in Korea in 2009 and before that her BA in History from Sejong University in Korea in 1982.

Jaeho Hwang, Director, Global Security Cooperation Center, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Professor Jaeho Hwang is director of Global Security Cooperation Center, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, Korea. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the LSE. He is now a member of advisory board for the National Security Office was a advisory member for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has been a visiting fellow/professor at the Brookings Institution, Keio University, Peking University, China Insitute of International Studies, University of Leeds, University of Melbourne, and National Chengchi University. Before joining HUFS in 2010, he served as a research fellow at the Center for Security and Strategy in the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses. His areas of expertise include Chinese foreign policy and Sino-South Korean relations as well as diplomatic and security issues in Northeast Asia., 510-642-5674