• Seminarium: Explaining North Koreas State Durability(eng)

    The Forum for Asian Studies cordially invites you to the open lecture Explaining North Koreas State Durability.


    Huyng-Gu Lynn, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia (UBC).

    Discussant: Ulv Hanssen, Swedish Institute of International Affairs East Asia program

    Date: 21 September 2017, 14.00 – 15.30 
    Venue: Nordenskiöldsalen, the Geoscience building (house U), Stockholm University


    Frequent invocations of adjectives such as “unstable” and “unpredictable” to describe North Korea, and regular predictions of its imminent collapse, dissipate with unchallenged ease when the country is portrayed by the world media as a threat to the Korean Peninsula, security and stability in Northeast Asia, or a clear and imminent danger to the United States. What factors might explain the North Korean state’s durability and resilience? This talk will analyze domestic, regional, and international factors and policies that help explain this case of authoritarian durability.

    Hyung-Gu is the Editor of Pacific Affairs, the leading academic journal for interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia and the Pacific, and researches modern and contemporary Korea (South and North) and Japan, with chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present and across subjects that include globalization, migration, popular culture, politics, international relations, and international security in East Asia.

    Ulv Hanssen is a Research Fellow associated with the Swedish Intitute of International Affairs East Asia program. He focuses mainly on questions about Japan-North Korea’s relationship and Japan’s security policy identity.


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