Is It Madness to Continue Negotiating with North Korea?

Start date: Friday, 6 December, 14:00
End date: Friday, 6 December, 18:00
Venue: the Kin-ku Cheng Lecture Theatre

Conference on North Korea

‘Is It Madness to Continue Negotiating with North Korea?’



President Donald Trump claims to have made ‘tremendous progress’ towards peace in Asia through his meetings with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Yet is he really any closer to resolving one of the world’s most complex and dangerous problems?

North Korea has continued testing missiles and spouts a steady stream of angry propaganda rhetoric. At the same time, diplomatic tensions have emerged between two of America’s key allies – South Korea and Japan.

We’ll discuss what options are left when it comes to negotiating with one of the world’s most feared dictators and consider how diplomats, academics and journalist view recent developments on the Korean peninsula.

Panel 1: Reporting North Korea. 

Panellists: Su-Min Hwang, BBC Korean Service; Aidan Foster-Carter, University of Leeds.

Panel 2: North Korea and the diplomatic context.

Panellists: Nahm Kook Sun, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Edward Howell and Rana Mitter, University of Oxford.

Moderator: Bill Emmott, International Institute for Strategic Studies.