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Pipeline to Peace and Stability on the Korean Peninsula?

October 25, 2011

Pipeline to Peace and Stability on the Korean Peninsula?

October 24, 2011 – The Korea Economic Institute and the National Committee on North Korea co-hosted a presentation with Georgy Toloraya, Vice-President of Unity for Russia Foundation (Moscow) and Director of Korean Programs at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, on the current dynamics of North Korea – Russia relations and how their diplomatic efforts affect approaches to solving important issues involving North Korea. This event was moderated by KEI's Nicholas Hamisevicz.

With Kim Jong-il’s visit to Russia in August 2011 and the prospect for the construction of a pipeline from Russia through North Korea, bilateral relations have come back into focus. Despite the budding prospect for deeper relations between Russia and North Korea, leadership transitions in both countries have the potential to create greater uncertainty in Northeast Asia.

As a former Russian diplomat, Dr. Toloraya served in both North and South Korea and frequently visits North Korea, including twice this year for in activities com¬memorating Kim Jong Il’s first visit to Russia in 2001 and for another exhibition. He is currently Vice-President of the Unity for Russia Foundation (Moscow) and also directs Asian and African programs at the Russian World Foundation. He is concurrently the Director of Korean programs at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Toloraya’s experience and expertise on North Korean and Russian affairs provided insight into the role of Russia for the future of the Korean peninsula.

 

This event was covered by two Korean news sources, indlucing:

You can watch the video from the event here.

The photos from the event as also located on KEI's Flickr.