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2021 Korean Peninsula Forum, North Korea’s Nuclear Issues: from a deadlock to a breakthrough?

October 5, 2021

The Korean Peninsula Forum is an annual series sponsored by the Korea Studies faculty at the University of Washington and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle. Open to the general public, the forum aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of the issues related to the Korean peninsula and the region in Northwest of America and beyond.

This year’s forum topic will be: North Korea’s Nuclear Issues: from a deadlock to a breakthrough?

The guest speaker will be Mr. Sung Lac Wi, visiting professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

As a retired diplomat with an over 35-year career in the Foreign Service, Mr. Wi has assumed many posts that directly related to North American Affairs and the North Korean nuclear issue. His assignments include the Director-General of the North American Affairs Bureau, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Korean Embassy in the US, the Chief negotiator in the Six-Party Talks, and the Special Representative for the Korean peninsula peace and security affairs. Most recently, he was the Ambassador to Russia.

He studied international relations at Seoul National University and learned Russian studies from the Defense Language Institute.

He published books titled “A Proposal to Upgrade Korean Diplomacy” and “The Russia Report”. The former is a policy proposal on the reform of South Korean diplomacy, the North Korean nuclear issue, and the four surrounding power relations. The latter is on Russian domestic affairs and foreign policy in the mid-1990s.

The forum will take place online on November 10, 2021 from 4p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Please register in advance for the forum at: