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60 Years after the end of the Korean War

Speakers: Dr. Robert Barnes, Mr. Aidan Foster-Carter, Dr. James Hoare, Professor Heonik Kwon, Professor Hazel Smith
Chairs: Luc-André Brunet, Jie (Cherry) Yu
Monday 3 June 2013, 14:00-18:00, COL 2.01 (closed event)

The Korean War was one of the defining conflicts of the Cold War in Asia, and the Korean peninsula remains divided along the border established at the end of the war. With increasing tensions between North and South Korea, and China recently agreeing to sanctions against North Korea for the first time, an historical understanding of the Korean War is essential to understand the tensions in the region today.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, LSE IDEAS organised a conference to discuss this conflict and its legacy.  The first panel considered the end of the conflict and its immediate aftermath, as well as how the war is remembered and commemorated today in the DPRK and the ROK.  The second panel addressed inter-Korean relations over the last 60 years and US foreign policy towards North Korea today.  These presentations informed the subsequent discussion, which included the role of China and prospects of improved relations between the Koreas.

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