News and Event Highlights
NAOKOL 2013 CALL FOR PAPERS: The Sixth North American Workshop on Korean Literature
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Professor Marilyn Young gives the concluding remarks at CKR's last event of the academic year "A Limited Peace: The Korean War Armistice after Sixty Years." Panelists include Avram Agov, Bruce Cumings, Charles Armstrong, Suk-Young Kim, Susie Kim, Theodore Hughes, and Andrew Nathan. A summary of the talks will be available soon.
CKR/KEI Policy Forum South Korea’s New President: Historical Election, Historical Challenges
On January 31, 2013, the Center for Korean Research welcomed Professor Seungsook Moon (Vassar College), Professor Katherine Moon (Wellesley College), and Nicholas Hamisevicz (Korea Economic Institute) for a panel discussion on the recent South Korean presidential election. To read more, click on the tab below.
With CKR’s Director Charles Armstrong moderating the discussion, each member of the panel brought a different perspective of the historic significance of Park Geun Hye’s win and its possible influence in the future. Professor Seungsook Moon discussed the statistics of the election, emphasizing the high voting turnout rate, especially among the elderly. Questions were raised about the significance of Ahn Cheol Soo’s withdrawal from the presidential race on the voters and Moon argues that his initial involvement in the race had little impact on the results. Professor Katherine Moon compared the leaders of the four East Asian countries (China, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea), who were all elected or appointed within the past year, and noted the interesting fact that each of them had a father who lead the country in previous years. She also briefly discussed the current South Korean-United States relationship and interaction, in light of North Korea’s most recent nuclear threat, clearly hoping that the United States does not leave South Korea out of the picture in its discussions with China and North Korea as it has in the past. Nicholas Hamisevicz wrapped up the conversation by looking at what President Park has done in her first month of the term, highlighting her communication with China and Japan. In general, the panel left the audience with much to think about as we watch the Park administration in the coming years.
On October 19, 2012 Jean Lee, Associated Press Bureau Chief in Pyongyang and Seoul, discussed the changes in Pyongyang, and the challenges of opening the first Western text/photo bureau in North Korea. To listen to her talk, "A New North Korea?" go to our Facebook page.
On October 17, 2012, the first CKR/KEI Policy Forum "Korea-Japan-US: Trilateral Cooperation in an Uncertain Northeast Asia" was launched. Speakers included Jeong-Ho Roh, Junya Nishino, Patrick Cronin, Jungro Kim, Gereald Curtis, Jin Shin, and Charles Armtrong. To listen, go to our Facebook page.
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