‘Why Engagement Policy Deserves Another
Chance for North Korea’.
Presented by: Dr Jong Kun Choi, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Studies and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration, Yonsei University
How do you deal with a regime that launches long range rockets, violates human rights, threatens its neighboring states, and, above all, develops nuclear capability? North Korea’s problem has been Northeast Asia’s core security issue capable of affecting the region’s regional order. Dealing with the North Korean regime has been South Korea’s most important foreign policy task to maximize its national security. Professor Choi of Yonsei University presents his view on why engagement policy still works and remains to the best policy option to resolve North Korea’s problem. He will argue that unless South Korea and its allies can invade and win, continue to sanction, accept North Korea as a nuclear state, or endure at least another 20 years of North Korea’s nuclear misadventures, then the only option is to constructively engage North Korea. He present the reason why engagement policy will empower the reformers in Pyongyang. He presents that if the international community continues on the current course of gridlock, we will end up with no future for reform and opening in North Korea, a more aggressive and paranoid Pyongyang, and above all, profound security instability in Northeast Asia. If we support the reformers in Pyongyang and give constructive engagement another chance, then we will gradually shape North Korea into becoming economically interdependent with the outside, politically stable, behaviorally more predictable, and more communicative and amicable.
Dr Jong Kun Choi is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration at Yonsei University. He is also Director of Security Strategy for Aerospace Strategy and Technology Institute at Yonsei University. Choi specializes in International Relations theories, Northeast Asian security, political psychology and public opinions on national identity and foreign policy attitudes. His academic articles have so far appeared in numerous IR journals including International Security, Global Asia, Asian Perspective and International Relations of the Asia Pacific and Korean Journal of International Studies. He is also a regular commentator of Northeast Asian security affairs on CNN, Bloomberg, YTN of Korea, Al Jazeera, CCTV, and Wall Street Journal. He also writes monthly columns for Defense 21+, South Korea’s leading monthly magazine for defense and security and Seoul Daily. He is now member of the advisory council on the 6 Party Talks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea and Standing Member of Inter-Korean Cooperation Committee for Incheon Metropolitan City.
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