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Asia brown bag lecture: Jong Kun Choi

March 25, 2015 - 12:00-13:00

ADI and NIAS invite you to a brown bag lecture by Jong Kun Choi, Associate Professor & Director Of Graduate Studies at the Dept. of Political Science and International Studies, Yonsei University.

North Korea, an Impossible State?
Why and how Sunshine Policy to North Korea deserves another chance after 7 years.

How should we deal with North Korea infamous for nuclear development, ballistic missile tests, kidnapping, military provocations and human rights violations? How do you denuclearize North Korea so paranoid of its security? How do we encourage North Korea to come out of isolation and end confrontation in the Korean peninsula?  Many argue that North Korea is an impossible state that cannot be trusted; it constantly deceives and defies the international community. Therefore, unless North Korea seriously changes its delinquent behaviors, the international community continues to pressure and sanction Pyongyang.

At this talk, Professor Jong Kun Choi, currently taking a sabbatical year at NIAS from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, will raise critical issues of how to approach the most totalitarian state in Asia. He will argue why engaging North Korea with a stance of diffused reciprocity (a.k.a., Sunshine Policy) will work better than the current policy of strict reciprocity. His argument will be drawn from theories of International relations, empirical data and his advisory experiences to the Six Party Talks and the inter-Korean cooperation for the last 7 years.

Jong Kun Choi joined NIAS and the Department of Political Science in January 2015. Choi specializes in International Relations theories, Northeast Asian security, political psychology and public opinions on national identity and foreign policy attitudes.

Time: 25 March, 12:00-13:00
Place: NIAS, room 18.1.08, CSS, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 CPH
Organizer: ADI and NIAS

Feel free to bring your own lunch. There will be coffee/tea.

Asia brown bag lecture: Jong Kun Choi


March 25, 2015