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Visiting Scholar Roundtable: North Korea Military Adventurism and the ROK-US Alliance - 1961 through 1976

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
The Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503

After the Korean War, why have North Korea's leaders consistently pursued a policy of military adventurism? Some scholars have proposed very convincing explanations, but it's difficult to understand the real intentions of North Korea without accessing internal confidential documents. The period of the 1960s and 1970s was one of particularly heightened tensions as well as dynamic political relations around the Korea Peninsula. Maj. Siyoung Park tries to analyze the intention and purpose of North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung with regard to military adventurism through his use of various declassified documents from Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the U.S. In addition, he discusses the implications for the ROK-US alliance in light of current military adventurism such as the Cheon-An battle ship attack and Yeonpyeong Shelling.

Siyoung Park is a major from the ROK Army. He formerly worked in the Military Strategy Planning and Operations Department of ROK-US Combined Forces Command. He graduated form Seoul National University with a M.A. of International Relations and he is writing his PhD dissertation on military and security issues on the Korean Peninsula at the University of North Korean Studies - South Korea.

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