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Apr 24

Kim and Trump: North Korea and the United States in an Era of Change

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A public talk to be presented by Professors Gi-Wook Shin and Andray Abrahamian, The Korea Foundation, Stanford University.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 pm / Gould Library Athenaeum
KIM AND TRUMP talk, Lib Athenaeum, Wednesday, April 24th, 4:30 pm Everyone is welcome! REFRESHMENTS!

The Carleton College History department is pleased to host a Korea Foundation presentation on North Korea and US-ROK relations, "Kim and Trump: North Korea and the United States in an Era of Change," Wednesday, April 24th, 4:30-6:30 pm, in the Gould Library Athenaeum, by Professors Gi-Wook Shin and Andray Abrahamian of the Korea Foundation of Los Angeles and Stanford University. This event is free and open to the campus and the wider public. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Since its inception in 1991, the Korea Foundation has served as a bridge from South Korea to the rest of the world, connecting Koreans to the global community through a variety of academic and cultural programs. As a leading public diplomacy institution in Korea, it has been the Foundation’s purpose over the past two decades to reach out to the global community by providing insightful lectures on regional and global issues at the center of public attention. Currently the Foundation's focus is on North Korea, and clarifying why North Korea is a serious threat to the U.S. and to the rest of the world.

Peace and stability on the Korean peninsula is not an issue that only matters to Koreans. There are larger and greater implications for the rest of the world. North Korea has developed weapons that threaten the United States like never before, which creates incredible tensions on the Korean Peninsula as well as the possibility of a break in its relations with other countries. At the same time, North Korean society has become dramatically marketized: its citizens have different lifestyles and expectations than they did a generation ago. What does this mean for North Korea in the near future? Has the past year's summit diplomacy been effective? And what lies in store for North Korea, the United States and its Allies following the Hanoi Summit?

Gi-Wook Shin is the Director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, the Founding Director of the Korea Program, a Senior Fellow of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Professor of Sociology, all at Stanford University. As a historical-comparative and political sociologist, his research has concentrated on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations. He is the author/editor of more than twenty books and numerous articles. His recent books include Strategic, Policy and Social Innovation for a Post-Industrial Korea: Beyond the Miracle (2018); Superficial Korea (2017); Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War (2016); Global Talent: Skilled Labor as Social Capital in Korea (2015); Criminality, Collaboration, and Reconciliation: Europe and Asia Confronts the Memory of World War II (2014); New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan (2014); Asia’s Middle Powers? (2013); Troubled Transition: North Korea's Politics, Economy, and External Relations (2013); and many others. Many of his publications have been translated and distributed to Korean audiences. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Political Science Quarterly, International Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, Pacific AffairsAsian Survey, and Journal of Democracy. He serves on councils and advisory boards in the United States and South Korea and promotes policy dialogue between the two allies.

Andray Abrahamian is the 2018-2019 Koret Fellow at Stanford University. He is also an Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney and an Adjunct Fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute. He is an advisor to Choson Exchange, a non-profit that trains North Koreans in economic policy and entrepreneurship. He was previously Executive Director and Research Direction for Choson Exchange. That work, along with supporting sporting exchanges and a TB project, has taken him to the DPRK nearly 30 times. He has also lived in Myanmar, where he taught at Yangon University and consulted for a risk management company. He has conducted research comparing the two countries, resulting in the publication of "North Korea and Myanmar: Divergent Paths" (McFarland, 2018). Andray has published extensively and offers expert commentary on Korea and Myanmar, including for US News, Reuters, the New York Times, Washington Post, The Lowy Institute Interpreter, and 38 North. He has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Ulsan, South Korea and an M.A. from the University of Sussex where he studied media discourse on North Korea and the U.S.-ROK alliance, respectively. Andray speaks Korean, sometimes with a Pyongyang accent.

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