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Prospects for Korean Unification
February 22 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Part I: Why did I Defect from North Korea? For a Higher Standard of Living Comparable to my Hard Work and Freedom
Testimony by a North Korean refugee Ms. Kyung Hwa Lee
Part II: North Korea’s Past, Present and Possible Futures
Lecture by Dr. Charles Armstrong (Columbia University)
The collapse of North Korea has been predicted repeatedly for more than 25 years, yet the regime persists into the twenty-first century despite its objective weaknesses. Following Ms. Kyung Hwa Lee’s testimony, Dr. Armstrong will give us new insight into what explains North Korea’s unlikely survival, and what the prospects for North Korea under the current leadership are.
Presider: Prof. Pyong Gap Min (Sociology)
Program Coordinator: Prof. Seongyeon Ko (CMAL)
Professor Charles Armstrong (Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Science) specializes in modern Korean, East Asian, and international history. His latest books are Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950-1992 (Cornell, 2013; winner of the John Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association) and The Koreas (Routledge, second edition 2014). He is completing a history of modern East Asia for the Wiley-Blackwell Concise History of the Modern World series.
Free and Open to the Public