Strategic diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula: ideals and reality

Event details

Strategic & Defence Studies Centre—Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy Public Lecture

Date & time

Tuesday 30 June 2015


The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
ANU Canberra


Professor Chung-In Moon, Yonsei University


Luke Hambly
+61 2 6125 7641

South Korea's strategic diplomacy is mainly geared towards China and the United States. South Korea seeks to strengthen its bilateral alliance with the U.S. without necessarily undermining its strategic cooperative partnership with China. However, this ideal diplomatic aim often encounters a harsh reality that calls for making a choice between the two giants. In this lecture, Professor Moon examines the dilemma of Seoul's strategic diplomacy in two most recent debates, over the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). 

About The Speaker

Chung-in Moon is a Professor of Political Science at Yonsei University and Editor-in-Chief of Global Asia, a quarterly magazine in English. He is also Executive Director of the Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library and Museum, and previously served as Dean of Yonsei's Graduate School of International Studies. He has published over 40 books and 260 articles. His recent publications include Understanding Japan's Strategic Thinking (in Korean 2013, in Chinese in 2015), The Sunshine Policy-In Defense of Engagement as a Path to Peace in Korea (2012), and Exploring the Future of China (in Korean 2010 and Chinese in 2012). He has taught at Williams College, University of Kentucky, Duke University, and University of California San Diego. He also held visiting professorships at Keio University and Beijing University.

Professor Moon is currently a member of the Park Geun-hye government's Presidential Committee on Unification Preparation. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Roh Moo-hyun government's Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative, a cabinet-level post; and Ambassador for International Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea. 

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