Incentives for a Rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula
Zoom Webinar, Friday November 27, 2020, 16:00 to 17:30 CET
This webinar is part of a series of programs initiated by UPF Europe & Middle East to mark the 70thanniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War. In the last two years the Korean Peninsula has again become the center of the world’s attention. 70 years after the start of the Korean war, it is possible to consider again a rapprochement between North and South? Could this lead to re-unification? We have seen flickers of hope, yet this quickly reverted to deadlock.
The peace process on the Korean Peninsula depends in great part on its powerful neighbors: China, Russia, Japan, and the United States. Without their support, reunification will be hamstrung. However, the key stakeholders are the Korean people. Divided for seven decades by ideology and a widening socio-economic gap, can North and South Korea envision a common destiny? What incentives could help overcome the past of distrust and conflict, and open a path to mutual prosperity? Can lessons be learned from the German experience of re-unification? How can Europe contribute to a rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula, and what benefits would it gain from it?
Chantal Chételat Komagata
Coordinator UPF Europe
Amb. Marc Vogelaar
Dutch diplomat, former ambassador for the ministry of foreign affairs and former director for External and Public affairs at the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation (KEDO)
Prof. Glyn Ford
British academic and politician, former member of the European Parliament, visited North Korea numerous times as a member of the Korean Peninsula Delegation.
Dr Claude Béglé
Swiss entrepreneur and politician, founder and president of the investment company Symbioswiss, former member of the Swiss parliament
Mr. Yoshihiro Yamazaki
Coordinator IAAP Europe & Middle East;
Liaison for Europe and Middle East, Institute for Peace Policies, Japan