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Security on the Korean Peninsula: Making Sense of the Nuclear Crisis

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Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

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61 Phillip Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

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The Korean Peninsula has been rocked by change and uncertainty on both sides of the DMZ in the past year. In South Korea, Moon Jae-in was swept into office as president, and has moved to reform South Korea¹s politics and economy. He has vowed to take a new approach in dealing with the challenge of North Korea. Amid heightened tensions, North Korea has accelerated its missile and nuclear development programs through increasing tests, and the United States under President Donald Trump has shifted from strategic patience to confrontation and isolation of North Korea.

Experts in Korean politics and security will discuss the challenges facing the Korean Peninsula in this new climate, as well as the opportunities ahead.

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Dr. Ildo Hwang, Assistant Professor, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Korean National Diplomatic Academy, and author of Kim Jong-il Launched FEAR (Seoul: Planet Media, 2008) and The DNA of North Korean Military Strategy (Seoul: Planet Media, 2013). Dr. Hwang will be speaking on "Nuclear Quagmire: North Korea’s Calculus and South Korea’s Perspective.

Dr. Justin Hastings, Associate Professor, Centre of International Security Studies, Department of Government and International Relations at theUniversity of Sydney, and author of A Most Enterprising Country: North Korea in the Global Economy (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2016). Dr. Hastings will be speaking on "North Korea's Economy, Sanctions, and the Nuclear Crisis."

The speakers will be followed by a Q&A session, complimentary lunch and networking.

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