Politics and International Relations
Korean Peninsula is on the move. In a short time period in the last two years, the airs surrounding the peninsula has dramatically shifted from imminent nuke threats to peacemaking dialogues. A series of events tells it: PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, Inter-Korean summits, US-North Korea summit, Agreement for ‘Era of No War’, and many others.
Peacemaking is a critical matter not just for the Two Koreas. It is even more crucial for the geopolitics and geoeconomy in Northeast Asia where US, China, Japan, and Russia, having different strategic interests, are competing. The future of the region and beyond is tightly intertwined with the progress of peacemaking of the Two Koreas.
The Two Koreas in the last 70 years have built very different systems in their own lands, tearing them apart from each other and deepening distrust between them. To bring in a new era of co-prosperity of the region, the South and North need to ease out the differences with more exchanges, collaboration and trust building. There, yet, will be many difficulties and hurdles to advance the integration of two different regimes and thus move forward peace in the region.
The world has watched many cases of integration and unification of different regimes in the postwar period: reunification experiences of Germany, Vietnam, and Yemen; transition and integration of former socialist countries into the West; deepened exchanges between China and Taiwan. All of these were gigantic laboratories and historic experiments to have shown the problems and solutions transitional regimes and regime integration went through.
Throughout the two consecutive roundtable sessions, scholars having expertise in each country case will present their takes to offer meaningful lessons for the advancement of regime integration and peacemaking in the Korean Peninsula.
In the first session, experiences of German reunification and transition in Eastern Europe focusing on political and economic aspects will be discussed to draw lessons for the Korean case. In addition, relations between China and North Korea, one of key factors in determining the future of the Korean Peninsula, will be examined together with a possible model of Asian economic integration. Lastly, North Korea’s internal dynamics will be investigated to offer insights for appropriate engagements with North Korea.
Scholars, experts, and the general public having interests in inter-Korea relations, Northeast Asia, transitional regime, and regime integrations are all invited to join this important and interactive sessions.