What is North Korea's Goal and Strategy?

Thursday, November 7, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Korea University, Asiatic Research Institute, Rm #310
Tour Leader: 
Dr. Go Myong-Hyun

Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch in cooperation with École française d'Extrême-Orient

Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

 What is North Korea's Goal and Strategy?


Venue:   Grand Conference Room (Room #310), Asiatic Research 

               Institute, Korea University (see detailed directions, below)

Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed.

Starting with the threat to explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean to the “great friendship” between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, North Korea’s diplomacy has lurched from one extreme to another. Do the wild swings in North Korea’s external behavior reflect the regime’s inherent instability? Or is there method to this madness? The speaker posits that contrary to the prevailing perception, North Korea is a “hyper-rational actor” that as the weakest country in Northeast Asia is using aggressive rhetoric and actions in measured ways to achieve its strategic objectives. Although constrained by sanctions, North Korea has played a cunning political game with the United States that has placed the country on the cusp of breaking out as a full fledged nuclear state.

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Dr. GO Myong-Hyun is a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and adjunct professor at Korea University Graduate School of Information Security. He is widely cited by the international media on North Korea, with special focus on the economy, sanctions, and the regime’s long term strategy. Dr. Go is a Munich Young Leader of Munich Security Conference 2015, and received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

We hope that many of you can come.

Elisabeth Chabanol
Key-young Son
Brother Anthony

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Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies

The Seoul Colloquium in Korean Studies is jointly organized by the Seoul Center of the ÉFEO and the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch (RASKB). Everyone interested in Korean Studies is welcome, please share this information. No registration is needed. 


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