A New Path Forward: Charting a Roadmap to Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Last year, tensions between the United States and North Korea brought the Korean Peninsula to brink of war. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ramped up testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles designed to strike the American heartland. President Donald Trump threatened “fire and fury” in response to Pyongyang’s defiance.
One year later, the Korean Peninsula finds itself at a very different place: poised to declare peace between North Korea and the United States, and prepared to embark on a new era of engagement and reconciliation -- if Kim and Trump can agree on a roadmap to denuclearization aimed at bringing the region lasting peace.
The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, the Asia Program and the Korea Global Forum were pleased to welcome Cho Myoung-Gyon, Minister of Unification for South Korea, to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to share his thoughts on inter-Korean unity and prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Minister Cho has been a key architect of the South Korean push for reconciliation led by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and recently led a South Korean delegation visit to Pyongyang, North Korea.
In a high-stakes diplomatic gamble, President Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – and the dramatic development raises crucial questions:
Could this summit lead to meaningful constraints on North Korea’s nuclear program? What are the attitudes of China and South Korea toward bilateral U.S.-North Korean diplomacy? What preparatory work must be done to ensure a successful summit? And what would be the criteria for success?
In this Ground Truth Briefing, three veteran observers of U.S.-Asia policy and North Korea addressed these issues.
Romance, humor, tension — everyone loves a good sitcom, even North Koreans. But in North Korea, TV dramas are more than mere entertainment. They play a crucial political role by serving as a key messenger of the party and government policy.
The Sidebar with Steve Scully: As tensions with North Korea rise, this week we examine the history of that country's ruling Kim family. We spoke to Jean H Lee, author of "Kings of Communism: Inside Kim Jong Un's Bloody Scramble to Kill of His Family" in the September edition of Esquire Magazine.
Award-winning foreign correspondents, researchers and writers on the challenges of writing about North Korea today, from getting on the ground to turning to defectors for information about daily life inside the Hermit Kingdom.
Jean Lee discusses the challenges of reporting on a country considered among the world's worst for press freedom, the role her Korean-American ethnicity played in her interactions with the North Koreans, and her observations on reunification after working as a journalist on both sides of the DMZ.
Social media has transformed culture, communication, creativity and journalism in every nation on Earth — other than North Korea, of course. Wait — not so fast. What do we really know about social media’s role in the mysterious nation — or what role it could play in the future, in the open or underground? Get some insight and answers to your questions as Associated Press Social Media Editor Eric Carvin leads a conversation with AP Korea bureau chief Jean H. Lee, a social media-savvy journalist with firsthand expertise on the reclusive regime north of the 38th parallel.