Viewing the DPRK from Within

Viewing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from Within - Webinar

January 25, 2024

Robert Duffy – Secretary-General, UPF Canada

For the 7th session of UPF’s search for insights into the realities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its political and social life, and its perceptions of itself and of those neighbors with whom it is engaged or at odds, the two keynote speakers were exceptionally insightful.

Keynote Speakers

Mr. Glyn Ford

Mr. Glyn Ford, a veteran of 25 years as a member of the European Parliament and new to our program, is a board member of the Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) and the Pacific Century Institute (PCI), as well as one of the European co-organizers of several Korean Global Forum (KGF) events. Having taught Science and Technology Policy at Tokyo University in the 1980s, Ford was quickly added as a member of the EU’s Delegation for Relations with Japan. As his interest in East Asia expanded over the years to South Korea and China, he was given increasing responsibility for the EU’s relations with Korea, China, and the ASEAN nations. He was appointed in 2004 by the Council of Ministers as the EU’s Chief Election Observer in Indonesia and over the Malaysian province of Aceh in 2006/7. After many years of engagement with the DPRK, he is considered one of the most pre-eminent European experts on the Korean peninsula in particular, and East Asia in general. He has authored three books on North Korea, one of which has been translated into Japanese and Korean.

Mr. Glyn Ford speaking at the webinar

Dr. Han S. Park

Dr. Han S. Park is the University Professor Emeritus of International Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia, USA. Born in China (Manchuria) to immigrant Korean parents, Dr. Park received his education in China, Korea, and the United States, with degrees in Political Science from Seoul National University (B.A.), the American University (M.A.) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D.). Dr. Park is the thirteenth recipient of the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize in 2010 for his commitment to finding peaceful solutions to challenges arising from the Korean peninsula, an honor he shares with previous recipients Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, John Hume, Desmond Tutu, and Yitzhak Rabin.

Discussion Highlights

Through the Q&A portion after the two main presentations, the question of a meaningful and realistic resolution to the problem was sought. The idea of a two-state solution was suggested, as was the idea of a confederation of the two states – each maintaining its political and ideological systems but sharing a greater degree of cooperation on many levels, including culturally and economically.

Q&A session

The original recording of the webinar is available here.

Recording with French interpretation is available here.

Viewing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from Within - Webinar

January 25, 2024

Robert Duffy – Secretary-General, UPF Canada

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For the 7th session of UPF’s search for insights into the realities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), its political and social life, and its perceptions of itself and of those neighbors with whom it is engaged or at odds, the two keynote speakers were exceptionally insightful.

Moderated by Dr. Franco Famularo, President of UPF Canada, the meeting began with his recalling that the purpose of the webinar was to emphasize the urgent need for dialogue at a time of crisis when there is very limited understanding of the DPRK in the West and how too often alternative views are brushed off as propaganda.

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Mr. Glyn Ford, a veteran of 25 years as a member of the European Parliament and new to our program, is a board member of the Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) and the Pacific Century Institute (PCI), as well as one of the European co-organizers of several Korean Global Forum (KGF) events.

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Dr. Han S. Park is the University Professor Emeritus of International Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia, USA.

The original recording of the webinar is available here.

Recording with French interpretation is available here.

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