Unravelling the Inter-Korean Summit

Donald Trump, Moon Jae-in, and Kim Jong Un

Event details

Panel discussion

Date & time

Monday 30 April 2018


Hedley Bull Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU


Jong-Sung You, Lauren Richardson, Min-hyoung Park


Julia Ahrens

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After a year of escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in have scheduled an inter-Korea summit meeting for April 27. This will be the first summit between the two Koreas since 2007. It signifies a major step forward in the inter-Korean rapprochement process that began with their joint-participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

In this panel discussion, we consider the implications of the summit for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, inter-Korean relations, and the upcoming US-North Korea summit.


David W. Kim is a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. His research and teaching cover Asian history, modern Korea, Asian religions, Colonialism and Women, and Diaspora Studies. His publications include Colonial Transformation and Asian Religions in Modern History (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018) and Religious Encounters in Transcultural Society: Collision, Alteration, and Transmission (Lexington, 2017).


Jong-sung You is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political and Social Change, Australian National University. His research interests include comparative politics and the political economy of inequality, corruption, and social trust, with a regional focus on Korea and East Asia. His publications include Democracy, Inequality and Corruption: Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines Compared (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Lauren Richardson is Director of Studies and Lecturer at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. Previously she taught Northeast Asian Relations at the University of Edinburgh and Keio University (Japan). Her research focuses on the role of non-state actors in shaping transnational diplomatic interactions in the context of Northeast Asia, particularly Japan-Korea relations. She is currently completing a book manuscript provisionally entitled Reshaping Japan-Korea Relations: Transnational Advocacy Networks and the Politics of Redress.

Park Min-Hyoung is an Associate Professor at the Korea National Defense University. He received his PhD at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom majoring in International Politics. He is a specialist in international security and military strategy. His publications include ‘An Alternative of Autonomy-Security Trade-off Model: A Case of the ROK-US’ Alliance and ‘The Cooperative Security System in Northeast Asia’, published by the Korean Journal of Defense Analysis and the Journal of East Asian Affairs. His current research interests are grand strategy and asymmetric warfare.

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