In this seminar, Professor Hitoshi Tanaka, Dr Jim Hoare and Dr Lauren Richardson discuss nuclear and missile development in North Korea, which continues to be aggressively pursued despite sanctions from the United Nations Security Council. While military confrontation must be avoided, the relationship between the U.S. and North Korea makes this particularly difficult. What are the essential elements for a diplomatic solution, if any? Can diplomacy succeed?
Professor Tanaka will give a brief history of the North Korea nuclear issue, discussing why North Korea is determined to acquire nuclear weapons and why this programme has continued despite sanctions from the UNSC. Dr Hoare will discuss how the UK might help to improve the situation. Dr Richardson, a specialist in regional studies, will take a third-party view and consider Korea-Japan relations from a broader perspective.
Professor Hitoshi Tanaka is chairman of the Institute for International Strategy at the Japan Research Institute, and a senior fellow at the Japan Centre for International Exchange (JCIE). He joined JCIE in 2005 after serving for three years as Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, serving as top advisor to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on issues including North Korea, China, Russia and the United States. His publications include Nihon Gaikō no Chōsen [The Challenges for Japan’s Diplomacy], Reimagining Japan, Gaikō no Chikara [The Power of Diplomacy], and Purofeshonaru no Kōshōryoku [The Logic of Strategic Negotiation].
Dr Jim Hoare is a British academic and historian specialising in diplomacy and diplomatic history, Korea, Japanese history and Chinese foreign policy. He currently holds the position of Associate Fellow of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs. Before this, he worked in HM Diplomatic Service, and played an integral role in establishing the British Embassy in North Korea. He holds a degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and his research and publications include Korea: The Past and Present, and Embassies in the East: The Story of the British and their Embassies in China, Japan and Korea from 1859 to the Present.
Dr Lauren Richardson is a Teaching Fellow in Japanese-Korean relations at the University of Edinburgh, and incoming Lecturer at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. Her research focusses on International Relations in North East Asia. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Asian Studies from Monash University, and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Keio University. Her PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies at the ANU entailed one year of fieldwork in both Korea and Japan. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Keio University, and has participated in a number of security and strategic dialogues in the Asia-Pacific.