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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Darwin College, John Bradfield Room
Event date: 
Friday, 29 September, 2023 - 09:30 to 17:30



Korea Global Forum 2023

In partnership with the Ministry of Unification, the Peace and Democracy Institute, and the Centre for Geopolitics

Cambridge University’s Centre for Geopolitics and the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES) are delighted to announce that, together with the Peace and Democracy Institute of Korea University, they will jointly be hosting the Korea Global Forum: Europe Seminar on September, 29, 2023, at Darwin College, Cambridge. 

Since its inception in 2010, the Korea Global Forum has been an influential track 1.5 multilateral dialogue annually organized by the Ministry of Unification, bringing together policy-makers (former and current), representatives from international organisations and civil society, and distinguished scholars to consider critical issues affecting the Korean peninsula. The forum’s primary objective is to gather valuable insights and facilitate constructive discussions with the international community on matters pertaining to peace, prosperity, and the unification of the Korean Peninsula.

The 2023 Korea Global Forum holds special significance as it coincides with several significant milestones. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, the 30th year of North Korea’s declaration to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and the publication of the 2023 Report on North Korean Human Rights. In light of North Korea’s continuing development of nuclear weapons and its repeated security provocations and in the context of Kim Jong-un’s recent summit meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the challenge of promoting peace and prosperity on the peninsula remains especially important.

Significantly, the Forum will be opened with a keynote address by Kim Yung Ho, Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea (ROK).

In addition to UK participants, speakers at the forum will include representatives from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.

This year’s Seminar will serve as a significant platform to discuss a range of topics, including international cooperation for North Korea’s denuclearization, effective measures to enhance human rights in North Korea, sustainable strategies for unification, and the role of the international community in promoting long-term peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

Space at the Forum is limited so to be sure of seat please register in advance at the Eventbrite link that can be found above or at the Centre for Geopolitics website, here:

Registration –  09:00 to 09:30

Opening Ceremony –  9.30 to 09:45

  • Opening Remarks 
    • John NILSSON-WRIGHT (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES), University of Cambridge)
  • Welcoming Remarks
    • Mike RANDS (Darwin College, University of Cambridge, England)
    • Dong Sun LEE (Peace and Democracy Institute, Korea University, South Korea)
  • Congratulatory Remarks
    • YOON Yeocheol (South Korean Ambassador to the UK)

Keynote Lecture – 09.45 to 10.05

KIM Yung Ho, (Minister of Unification, South Korea)

SESSION 1: The role of Europe in promoting North Korean Human Rights – 10.15 to 11.45

  • PARK Jihyun (Human rights activist, England)
  • Sarah SON (University of Sheffield, England)
  • John EVERARD (Former UK Ambassador to North Korea)
  • Benjamin SILBERSTEIN (Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden)
  • Tereza NOVOTNA (Free University Berlin, Germany)
  • Moderator: John NILSSON-WRIGHT, Chatham House and University of Cambridge

LUNCH:– 12:00 to 13:25

Remarks from the Centre for Geopolitics

  • William HURST (Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge)

SESSION 2: North Korean Denuclearization: Challenges in a Changing World – 13.30 to 15.15

  • WHANG Taehee (Yonsei University, South Korea)
  • Iordanka ALEXANDROVA (SeoulTech, South Korea)
  • Målfrid BRAUT-HEGGHAMMER (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Tom SAUER (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Moderator: LEE Dong Sun (Director, Peace and Democracy Institute, Korea University, South Korea)

COFFEE BREAK – 15:15 to 15:30

SESSION 3: Cooperation with Europe for Korean Unification – 15.30 to 17.15 

  • PARK Hyeong-Jung (Korea Institute for National Unification, South Korea) 
  • Antoine BONDAZ (Foundation for Strategic Research, France)
  • James HOARE (SOAS University of London, England)
  • Niklas SWANSTRÖM (Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden)
  • Antonio FIORI (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • Moderator: Ramon PACHECO PARDO (King’s College, England)

Closing remarks – 17:15 to 17:30

  • John NILSSON-WRIGHT (Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES), University of Cambridge)


Please note that this event is being photographed and videoed, and both may be published on the Centre's website and YouTube channel. We may also use the photos and videos for the purpose of promoting the Centre’s activities to the media, within publications and online. If you do not wish to appear in either, please speak to a member of the Centre for Geopolitics team present on the day.


Friday, 29 September, 2023 - 09:00 to 17:30

Event location: 

John Bradfield Room, Darwin College

Dr John Nilsson-Wright: