Change is afoot in North Korea. Kim Jong Il just returned from a lightning dash to China, his main ally, presumably in search of material and political support in a time of great uncertainty. The fallout of the Cheonan sinking continues to unfold: The U.S. has just slapped new sanctions on North Korea, and a new round of naval exercises with South Korea commences this weekend. Meanwhile, Kim, is health reportedly in decline, is grooming his third son as heir in a race against time. Glyn Ford, a member of the European Parliament, is just back from a trip to Pyongyang and will share his thoughts on the current state of play and what dividends engagement may bring at this time.
DATE: Friday, September 3
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Glyn Ford was a British Labour member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 2009, during which he has almost constantly been a member of the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula and Japan. His book “North Korea on the brink: struggle for survival” (Pluto Press, 2008) has been published also in Japanese and Korean, and is currently being translated into Chinese. Before his election to the European Parliament, Glyn worked as a researcher in Manchester University’s Department of Science and Technology Policy, and as professor at the famous Tokyo University.