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It has been 70 years since North and South Korea agreed to an armistice. The two countries on the peninsula have moved apart, with a four-kilometer-wide demilitarized zone created between the borders. The moderated discussion will include the current state of North Korea's nuclear program and the risks it poses to regional security. In addition, the challenges and opportunities of pursuing denuclearization through diplomatic means, including negotiations, sanctions, and incentives. Professor Kim will explore the role of regional powers in promoting peace and stability in Northeast Asia, as well as the role of the United States in supporting South Korea's security and promoting denuclearization. Additionally, Professor Kim discusses the recent concerns in South Korea about the possibility of a surprise attack by North Korea, including the potential for a "Hamas surprise attack".

Language: English


4.30 – 5.15 PM Moderated discussion

· Sung-Han Kim, Professor of International Relations, Korea University; Former National Security Advisor to the President, Republic of Korea

· Moderator: Noémi Pálfalvi, International Director, MCC

5.15 – 5.30 PM Q&A


Sung-Han Kim is a Professor of International Relations at the Korea University (GSIS). He served as the 5th National Security Advisor to the President in 2022-23. He was Dean of GSIS and DIS from 2017 to

2021. He served as a Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012-2013. He was a professor from 1994 to 2007 at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. In 2013-2014, Professor Kim was the Chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction). His recent contributed articles to scholarly journals include “Denuclearizing North Korea: Time for Plan B?”, “From Blood Alliance to Strategic Alliance,” “The End of Humanitarian Intervention?” and “The Day After: ROK-U.S. Cooperation for Korean Unification.”