The Korean Conundrum

Tonight we’ll hear from a current US diplomat who has spent much of his career in Asia.  Joe Yun has served at US embassies in Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and even France.  Joe is ethnically Korea which gives him additional perspective on North-South Korean issues.  He’ll be speaking tonight about some of the salient issues on the Korean peninsula.  Anyone interested in Asia should be paying attention to developments here, as they are so intertwined with the region across history, politics, economics, geography and even security.

It’s also became a really important topic for me after I spent some time living in Seoul.  It is an overwhelmingly complicated issue with so many facets.  That’s part of what I find so intriguing.  Usually history is somewhat instructive of the future; good global citizens can use the past to help explain current behaviors or even venture to guess what might happen in the short term.  I’m not so sure that is possible when it comes to North Korea.  It’s just that unpredictable .

I’ll have more to say after Joe’s talk, but for now, you might want to read a few of my favorite blogs covering Korean issues:

http://www.nkeconwatch.com/
http://freekorea.us/

It is notoriously difficult to find reliable information about North Korea, but these two sites have been at it for a number of years, and often link to other media sources.

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