Tackling the North Korea Conundrum

photo: Zhiqun ZhuEast-West Center POSCO Visiting Fellow Zhiqun Zhu will lead a seminar titled “Tackling the North Korea Conundrum: What Can the ROK and China Do Together?” on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 12 noon in Burns Hall 3012.

South Korea and China are the two biggest stakeholders in North Korea’s future and will be most affected by any drastic changes in North Korea. This seminar will explore how South Korea and China can cooperate to handle the North Korea challenge, including preparing for the DPRK’s collapse, so as to minimize the costs associated with the North’s inevitable transformation. Zhu will examine the current status of the North Korea problem, discuss the evolving relations between China and the two Koreas, and propose some policy options to China and South Korea in dealing with North Korea together. The suggested ROK-China joint efforts will focus on three dimensions: economic, political, and security.

Zhiqun Zhu is director of the China Institute and associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interests focus on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. He has authored and edited twelve books and published dozens of journal articles and book chapters. He previously taught at the University of Bridgeport, Hamilton College, and Shanghai International Studies University. He was a visiting senior fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore in 2010 and 2012.

For further information, contact Cynthia Wasa Nakachi (nakachic@eastwestcenter.org), telephone (808) 944-7439.