An Assessment of the Inter-Korea Summit: Views from South Korea, U.S. and China


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On April 27, South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will host the first Inter-Korea summit in over a decade. After an unprecedented demonstration of collaboration at the Winter Olympics between the two Koreas, the Inter-Korea summit could signal joint efforts toward immense possibilities for the future of the Korean peninsula. In light of Kim Jong-un’s recent summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his upcoming summit with President Trump, the diplomatic maneuvers by all countries involved could potentially change the security landscape and the prospect for denuclearization.

Please join Heung-Kyu Kim from South Korea, Keith Luse from the National Committee on North Korea, and Ren Xiao from China for a discussion on the results, impact, and implications for the Inter-Korea summit. This session will also try to interpret the ramifications that the bilateral meeting has on not only the future of security on the peninsula, but also for the United States and China.

WHAT: The Stimson Center invites you to participate in a discussion with top South Korean, American, and Chinese experts on the achievements and impact of the Inter-Korea summit. The event is on-the-record.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Monday, April 30, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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Heung-Kyu KIM, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ajou University; Researcher, Georgetown University
Kim is currently a visiting researcher at Georgetown University (until August 2018). He is a founder of the China Policy Institute and a professor in the department of political science at Ajou University in South Korea. He served as a board member of several governmental institutions including the Presidential Commission on Policy-Planning and the National Security Council. Kim has written more than 300 articles, books, and policy papers regarding Chinese politics and foreign policy, and security issues in Northeast Asia. He was awarded the NEAR Foundation Academic prize of the year in Foreign Policy and Security in 2014.

REN Xiao, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute of International Studies, Fudan University
Ren is currently a professor of international politics at the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai and Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy. Previously he was Senior Fellow and Director of the Asia Pacific Studies Department, Shanghai Institute for International Studies. Ren studied in the University of Essex in England (1990-91) and held research or visiting positions at the University of Turku in Finland, Nagoya University in Japan, and The George Washington University in the U.S. His work has appeared in journals such as The Pacific Review, Asia Policy, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, and East Asia: An International Quarterly. His other publications include New Frontiers in China’s Foreign Relations (co-editor, Lexington Books, 2011) and China’s Foreign Aid: Theory and Practice (2017, in Chinese). Ren serves on the editorial boards of several international academic journals including Globalizations, Journal of Global Policy and Governance, East Asia: An International Quarterly, and East Asian Policy. Ren worked at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo from 2010 to 2012. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Fudan University in 1992.

Keith LUSE, Executive Director, The National Committee on North Korea
Luse served as the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar from 2003 until 2013 in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was Staff Director for Senator Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member. Earlier in his career, Luse was Senator Lugar’s State Director, followed by service as Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. For eight years during the 1990s while in the private sector, Luse traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, holding over 1,400 interviews while conducting research for U.S. companies seeking new market opportunities. Upon departing the Senate in 2013, Luse was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor Award by President Aquino for assisting Senator Lugar’s efforts to foster relations between the United States and the Philippines and Southeast Asia. He is a Co-Recipient of the 2010 Kato Ryozo Award for Service to the U.S.-Japan Alliance. In 2016 President Truong Tan Sang awarded Luse Vietnam’s Medal of Friendship for his contributions to normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations. Luse’s East Asia travels include five visits to North Korea, and he has participated in numerous Track 1.5 and Track 2 sessions with North Korean officials in Asia and the U.S. Luse’s B.A. in political science is from Indiana University and his graduate certificate in public management and additional graduate studies were obtained at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.

Yun SUN, Co-Director, East Asia Program, Stimson Center (Moderator)
Yun Sun is co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes. From 2011 to early 2014, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group based in Beijing, specializing on China’s foreign policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years. Yun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an MA in Asia Pacific studies and a BA in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

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