The Korean Peninsula Peace Process: Opportunities and Challenges

Lecture | January 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180

 Chung-in Moon, Special Advisor to the ROK President for Foreign Affairs and National Security

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

President Moon Jae-in has undertaken an ambitious Korean peace initiative since May 2017. Under this initiative, he successfully transformed the year of acute crisis in 2017 into a new beginning of peace in 2018. However, as the Hanoi summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un in late February failed to produce any agreement, his peace initiative is facing major challenges. Whereas the U.S.-North Korean nuclear talks have stalled, inter-Korean relations have been virtually frozen. More critically, the Korean peninsula is again at the cross-road of peace and heightened military tension and crisis. This talk will examine the nature of Moon's peace initiative, trace the causes of the current stalemate and crisis, and explore the future prospects for denuclearization and peace on the Korean peninsula.

Speaker Bio:

Chung-in Moon is special advisor to the ROK president for foreign affairs and national security. He is also a distinguished university professor at Yonsei University, Krause distinguished fellow at the 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 is Vice Chairman and Executive Director of APLN (Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation) and Chairman of the Korean Peninsula Peace Forum. 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. Dr. Moon was a special delegate to the first (2000), second (2007), third Korean summit (2018) held in Pyongyang.

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