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Russian-Korean Relations Since the War in Ukraine
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Please join the Program on US-Russia Relations at the Harriman Institute for a panel discussion on Russian-Korean Relations Since the War in Ukraine. Moderated by Elise Giuliano.

Russia’s war on Ukraine seems to be transforming relations on the Korean Peninsula. Since 2022, South Korea has supported Ukraine and the western sanctions regime against Russia, while Russia has sought greater military cooperation with North Korea. Our panel of experts will discuss the shifting ties between and among Russia, South Korea, and North Korea, and place these developments in historical context. How did North Korea play China and the Soviet Union off against each other during the Cold War? How do we interpret the changing bilateral relationship between North Korea and Russia? What role does China play in evolving relations on the Korean Peninsula and what can we expect from regional security more generally?

This event is supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.


Gregg Brazinsky, Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University

Elizabeth Wishnick, Senior Research Scientist, China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, CNA, on leave from Montclair State University, and Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

Jenny Town, Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center and Director of Stimson’s 38 North Program



Gregg Brazinsky is Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University. His publications include Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans and the Making of a Democracy and Winning the Third World: Sino-American Rivalry during the Cold War.



Elizabeth Wishnick is a Senior Research Scientist in the China and Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Division at the Center for Naval Analyses, on leave from her position as Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University. Since 2002, she has been a research scholar at WEAI. She previously taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, Chinese politics, and Chinese foreign policy at Barnard College, Columbia College, and SIPA. Dr. Wishnick has dual regional expertise on China and Russia and is an expert on Chinese foreign policy, Sino- Russian relations, Northeast Asian and Central Asian security, and Arctic geopolitics. Her book project, China’s Risk: Energy, Water, Food and Regional Security (forthcoming Columbia University Press) addresses the security consequences of energy, water and food risks in China for its Eurasian neighbors, a topic she explores in a related policy blog, She received a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a BA from Barnard College. She speaks Mandarin, Russian, and French.


Jenny Town is a Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center and the Director of Stimson’s 38 North Program. Her expertise is in North Korea, US-DPRK relations, US-ROK alliance and Northeast Asia regional security. She was named one of Worth Magazine’s “Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World” and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2019 for her role in co-founding and managing the 38 North website, which provides policy and technical analysis on North Korea. Ms. Town is also an expert reviewer for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index, where she previously worked on the Human Rights in North Korea Project; an Associate Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Member of the National Committee on North Korea, and an Associate Member of the Council of Korean Americans. She serves on the Editorial Board for Inkstick, an online foreign policy journal for emerging scholars.


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