On the Brink? North Korea and the Twitter Presidency

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12:00pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join us for a talk with Mark Seddon, Lecturer in International Affairs at Columbia University, former Speechwriter to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and UN Correspondent for Al Jazeera English TV.

Relations between North Korea and the United States are at their lowest ebb since the ending of the Korean Warwithout a peace agreementin July 1953. How serious are the prospects for a conflict that could quickly escalate to the thermo-nuclear level, killing millions? What informs the thinking of the leadership of the still hermetically sealed country of North Korea? Are there any real prospects for a final and lasting peace deal that might lead to the de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula as opposed to a war that would incinerate it?

Mark Seddon is former Speechwriter to UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon and a UN Correspondent for Al Jazeera English TV. He has travelled and reported from deep inside North Korea on several occasions, meeting senior political and military leaders, as well as in South Korea and China.