ABOUT THE TALK
The talk on ‘International Politics, East Asia, and the Korean Peninsula: Problems and Prospects’ by Dr Haksoon Paik was organised by the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) in association with the Korea Centre at the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University. In his enlightening lecture, Dr Paik discussed the dynamics of international politics in East Asia, specifically focusing on the Korean Peninsula. From U.S. foreign policy vis-à-vis North Korea to the ever-present nuclearization threats, the discussion highlighted the intricate challenges and prospects that define this part of the world. Key questions about the U.S.-North Korea negotiations were raised during the discussion, which also shed light on the power struggle between revisionist forces and the status quo. A balanced approach to addressing the demands of both sides was called for. It also explored inter-Korean relations, highlighting the significance of adopting unification policies and discussing South Korea’s hopes for peaceful coexistence and reunification. The talk also pondered the likelihood of a united Korea in the future, drawing parallels to the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Although global factors—specifically, the dispute between China, the United States, and North Korea—continue to fuel the division of the two Koreas, there is still hope for peace and reunification.