Security and Defence
This was a public event co-hosted by Leiden Asia Centre, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and the Clingendael Institute.
Recent developments on the Korean peninsula surprised many observers: after a period of quickly escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, recently the atmosphere changed. A summit between the North and South Korean leadership resulted in positive statements on peace, cooperation and even nuclear disarmament. Soon a Summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump is expected as well.
This seminar aimed at providing some background to the recent developments as well as offering some views on challenges and opportunities for the near future. Clingendael Korea expert Sico van der Meer addressed the possible role for the EU regarding the Korea's.
09.30-09.45 Opening session and welcome:
HE Lee Yun Young, Ambassador of the
Republic of Korea in the Netherlands
Professor Remco Breuker, Professor of Korean Studies at
Leiden University and Director Leiden Asia Centre
09.45-10.15 'The Korean Peninsula after the Inter- Korean Summit 2018’
Dr. Jun Bong-Geun, Advisor on the Inter Korean Summit 2018,
Republic of Korea
10.15-10.45 'What role for the European Union on the Korean Peninsula?’
Sico van der Meer, Research Fellow, the Clingendael Institute
10.45-11.00 Q&A - moderated by Lily Sprangers, Leiden Asia Centre
11.00-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-11.45 ‘Keeping human rights on the agenda when talking to North Korea’
Remco Breuker, Professor of Korean Studies at
Leiden University and Director of the Leiden Asia Centre
11.45-12.15 ‘The Netherlands and the Korean Peninsula: Supportive Diplomacy’
Peter Potman, Director Asia and Oceania,
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
12.15-12.30 Q&A - moderated by Lily Sprangers, Leiden Asia Centre