70th Anniversary of the Korean War: Inter-Korean Relations at a Crossroads


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When: Jun 23 2020 - 9:00am until Jun 23 2020 - 10:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) invites you to the
60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series:

70th Anniversary of the Korean War:
Inter-Korean Relations at a Crossroads


Dr. Seong-ho Sheen (EWCW Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, 2010)
Professor of International Security & Director of the International Security Center
Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Seoul National University

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East West Center in Washington

East-West Center in Washington · 70th Anniversary of the Korean War: Inter-Korean Relations at a Crossroads

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 and the 20th anniversary of the first historic summit between Kim Dae-Jung and Dr. Seong-ho Sheen Kim Jong-il. Currently, North Korean authorities are attacking their South Korean counterparts with aggressive statements, and tension on the Korean Peninsula is on the rise. The latest North Korean action of blowing up the Joint Communication Center in Kaesung jeopardizes the whole peace process between the two Koreas. Whatever the reasons behind these actions, North Korea’s behavior presents a serious challenge for South Korean President Moon Jae-In's drive to build a permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula as well as achieve denuclearization. With US-North Korea nuclear talks deadlocked, inter-Korean relations are at a crossroads again. How will Seoul manage this new crisis and revive the peace talks with Pyongyang?

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East-West Center and its mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series  highlights the work of EWCW alumni/ae who have participated in our fellowship, publication, dialogue, and conference programs.

View Dr. Seong-ho Sheen's PowerPoint here


Seong-ho Sheen is Professor of International Security and Director of International Security Center at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Seoul National University. He was a visiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington in 2010, a CNAPS fellow at the Brookings Institution, an assistant research professor at Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), Honolulu, Hawaii and a research fellow at Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In addition, he has advised various government organizations including the Republic of Korea (ROK) National Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Unification, and the ROK National Assembly. His areas of interest include International Security, US Foreign Policy, Northeast Asian Politics, and the Korean Peninsula. Professor Sheen received a PhD. and a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a B.A. from Seoul National University.

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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