Since 1945, Korea has been divided into two distinctly different, sovereign states separated by one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world. South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is one of Asia’s Four Economic Dragons, with a legacy of openness and innovation that has led to an average economic growth rate of 10 percent over the past 30 years. Its neighbor to the North, on the other hand, is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; a sequestered, militaristic, totalitarian socialist state led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
Recent events in the Korean Peninsula have heightened tensions between these two countries and the rest of the developed world. After protests that lead to the impeachment of ex- President Park Geun-hye, South Korean President Moon Jae-in now faces a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programs despite international pressures and sanctions. In addition to continued missile testing, North Korean hackers are now testing the patience of China, whose government may be forced to respond to the country’s disruptive behavior after years of prodding by the United States.
How do these tensions affect geopolitics in Asia? What role, if any, should the US play? Join us, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, Global Cleveland, International Partners in Mission, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a free discussion on the Korean Peninsula.
This conversation will be moderated by WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer.
Location: The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, 44102
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