For our 2 July webinar, we turn our eyes to the Korean peninsula, when we welcome Chung Min Lee and John Nilsson-Wright to join Japan Society Chairman, Bill Emmott in conversation.
After 2018-2019 dominated by the three historic but ultimately inconclusive meetings between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, 2020 has seen a revival in tensions both between North Korea and the US and between the two Koreas. The destruction by the PRK on 16 June of the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Kaesong marked an escalation in already tense relations and prompted the usual speculation about motive and the nexus of power within North Korea. On 24 June we learned that plans for military action against the South had been suspended, which raised the question of what those plans might have been.
As usual, the speakers will await your questions, following initial remarks and opening discussion which will doubtless encompass not only North-South relations but an assessment of the situation within the North, the notion of denuclearisation, US-Korea relations beyond November’s election and the implications for Japan’s relationship with both the PRK and the Republic of Korea.