North Korea's Diplomatic Relations with Britain (2000~2018)

David A. Tizzard
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace
W10,000 non-members, W5,000 (students with ID); free for members

North Korea’s Diplomatic
Relations with Britain
(2000 – 2018)

Venue:          Second floor Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace,  Gwanghwamun (near Anguk Station, across street from the Japanese Embassy)

Since December 2000, Britain and North Korea have had diplomatic relations. This has entailed the two nations recognizing each other as legitimate sovereign states, as well as placing diplomatic representation in the form of embassies and ambassadors in both London and Pyongyang. Despite many
other nations with an interest in the Korean Peninsula, including the United States, France, South Korea and Japan, refusing to normalize their own relations with the DPRK, Britain has walked the path of formal diplomacy. With increasing talk of South Korea and America looking to possibly follow suit in the near future, this exploration provides a timely glimpse at recent history to see what lessons may be learned.

The lecture aims at providing the audience with some clear and digestible information for those not familiar with the concepts of international relations and diplomacy: Why did Britain decide to recognize the DPRK as a sovereign nation in late 2000? How important was the role of ROK President Kim Dae-jung in other countries’ relations with the DPRK? What effect did a US president not yet in power have on Pyongyang’s motivations for its ‘pivot to Europe’? What has happened in the last 18 years since diplomacy has been in place between the two countries?

David Tizzard's own translations of the recently-published memoir from the high level North Korean political defector Thae Young-ho are used in his work. Despite Thae’s book topping the charts here in South Korea, an English version remains as yet unavailable. His work will help provide some insight into that book for an English-speaking audience.

He has also been in fairly regular contact with Dr. Jim Hoare. Dr. Hoare was the chargé d'affaires sent to Pyongyang by Britain in early 2001 to establish the embassy and has written interesting accounts on diplomatic life north of the 38.

David Tizzard is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on this topic and looks forward to the challenge of presenting his findings in an engaging and appealing way.

David A. Tizzard has lived and worked in South Korea since 2005. He is an assistant professor at Seoul Women’s University where he guides undergraduates in the general education department. He is currently writing a doctoral dissertation at Hanyang University on the diplomatic relations between the UK and DPRK. He also has a Masters in Asian Studies from Sejong University where he wrote on Taoism and Christianity in South Korea.

David Tizzard is the host of a weekly cultural radio show here in South Korea (A Little of a Lot) and writes a weekly column for the Korea Times.


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