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What Will Yoon’s Conservative Presidency Mean for Peace Processes in Korea?

Tue May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Korea webinar

Peace on the Korean peninsula has long been a cherished wish of the Korean people, ever since the armistice agreement in 1953. Since the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit in February 2019, however, peace talks between the U.S. and North Korea have remained at a stalemate. Recently, while a new cold war between the U.S. and China has complicated this already-difficult situation on the Korean peninsula, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has further confounded it, throwing its East Asian neighbors into an even more perilous situation.

In this situation, a five-year term of the Yoon Seok-yeol administration begins in South Korea on May 10. Elected on the hawkish platform of preemptive strikes, Yoon has vehemently denounced taking a conciliatory approach toward North Korea, breaking with his predecessor, and signaling a serious setback in the Korean people’s efforts toward building peace. What can we, who want to promote peace on the Korean peninsula, expect from the new administration? And what can we do to achieve our goals? Join us to hear insights from two experts in the field on the prospects for peaceful reconciliation on the Korean peninsula in the next five years.

Tim ShorrockTim Shorrock has been a correspondent for The Nation since 1983, with work also featured in Salon, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Progressive, The New York Times, Inter Press Service, and South Korea’s Hankyoreh and Newstapa. Shorrock is an expert on U.S.-Korean relations and U.S. intelligence and foreign policy. He is the author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing (2008). His most recent article in The Nation is “Biden Is Adopting a Militaristic Approach to the Far East” (February 2021). He blogs at timshorrock.com.

Simone ChunSimone Chun, Ph.D. is a researcher in U.S. foreign policy toward the Korean peninsula, a former assistant professor at Suffolk University in Boston, a current member of the Korea Peace Network, an associate at the Korea Policy Institute, and a member of the Board of Advisors at CodePink. She is a regular contributor to Truthout, Counterpunch, Hankyoreh, and other progressive media outlets, and has presented widely on inter-Korean relations at such prestigious venues as the USC Korean Studies Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

RegisterSponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, New England Korea Peace Campaign, and CodePINK.  Discussion moderated by Seung Hee Jeon, visiting assistant professor of Korean at Boston College and co-chair of the NEKPC.   Register to attend.

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