If 2018 was the year of high-profile summitry, 2019 has been the year of stalemate for diplomatic negotiations on the Korean Peninsula. The United States and North Korea were unable to come to an agreement that included proportional denuclearization and peacebuilding measures. Meanwhile, North Korea continues to produce fissile material and improve its ballistic missile capabilities in the face of continuing economic sanctions, creating a highly volatile and uncertain future for the region. 

USIP, in partnership with the Sejong Institute and the South Korean Ministry of Unification, hosted a discussion with experts and practitioners from the United States and South Korea on the challenges and prospects of denuclearization, a peace regime, and a peace economy for the Korean Peninsula—as well as featured keynote remarks from the South Korean Minister of Unification Yeon-chul Kim. Take part in the conversation on Twitter with #KGF2019.


1:00pm - 2:00pm: Opening Remarks 

  • Amb. Joseph Yun
    Senior Advisor, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Dr. Jong-chun Baek
    Chancellor, Sejong Institute

Keynote Address and Q&A

  • The Hon. Yeon-chul Kim
    Minister, South Korean Ministry of Unification 

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and Establishing a Peace Regime

  • Dr. Heajeong Lee 
    Professor, Choong-Ang University 
  • Jean Lee
    Director, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Wilson Center
  • Dr. Jung-chul Lee
    Professor, Soongsil University
  • Joel Wit
    Senior Fellow, Stimson Center
  • Frank Aum, moderator
    Senior Expert, U.S. Institute of Peace

3:00pm - 3:10pm: Break

3:10pm - 4:10pm: Current Status and Prospects for a Peace Economy on the Korean Peninsula

  • Dr. Sang-ki Kim
    Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Unification 
  • Dr. Younghun Lee
    Research Fellow, SK Research Institute for SUPEX Management
  • Dr. Kyung-ae Park
    Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Hazel Smith
    Fellow, Wilson Center 
  • Dr. Jung-yeop Woo, moderator
    Research Fellow, Sejong Institute

4:10pm - 4:15pm: Closing Remarks

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