Please join us for a panel discussion with Peace Corp-Korea volunteers on their experience with the pro-democracy movement in Gwangju, authoritarianism, and the country’s evolution after the Korean War.
With President Park Geun-hye's decision to postpone the June 2015 summit meeting to address the current spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, the June 10th discussion will looked at the situation arising from MERS in South Korea, the future of the alliance, and the prospects for the rescheduled summit meeting.
Tami Overby | Senior Vice President for Asia, Evans Revere | Nonresident Senior Fellow
On June 11, KI hosted Dr. Georgy Toloraya, Director of the Center for Asian Strategy at the Russian Academy of Sciences wh discussed his thoughts on Russia’s foreign policy toward the two Koreas and its priorities for a peaceful Korean peninsula in the future. Please click here to view the paper | Video of the program can be viewed below Background Greater focus has been placed on the North Korea-Russia relationship as both countries find themselves isolated from their neighbors. The attention would have been even greater if Kim Jong-un would have attended Russia’s World War II celebration as initially rumored. Regardless, Russia is continuing to reach out to both Koreas. Potential projects for greater engagement, especially with railways and pipelines, are ways Russia hopes to improve its position internationally while also fostering better inter-Korean relations in order to prevent a potential crisis that could negatively affect Russian interests on the Korean Peninsula.