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 coöper­ate 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.