Northeast Asia Needs Grand Reconciliation
Luncheon Presentation by Ambassador SHIN BONHKIL, President, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
Registration at 12:15pm
Luncheon at 12:30pm
Close at 2:00pm
The foreign affairs and security situation in Northeast Asia including the Republic of Korea (ROK), Japan and China is facing the most challenging environment since the end of the Cold War. The area is facing an alarming revival of old-fashioned geopolitics, with the three countries involved in conflicts over historical and territorial issues. These conflicts are all the more fierce with the backdrop of a rising China, intensified Neo-conservatism in Japan, “Pivot to Asia” policy of the US and nuclear ambitions of North Korea. In order to overcome this very dangerous situation, grand reconciliation is imperative in the region. In this lecture, Ambassador Shin Bongkil, President of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy will argue that a trilateral cooperation mechanism should be resumed immediately, including the Trilateral Summit Meeting and Foreign Ministers’ Meeting among the ROK, Japan and China.
Shin Bongkil is the President of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. Since joining the Foreign Ministry in 1978, he was predominantly involved in issues related to North Korea, China and Japan. Amb. Shin was the inaugural Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat of China, Japan and Korea. He has also served as Ambassador for Northeast Asian Regional Cooperation, Ambassador for International Economic Cooperation, Ambassador to Jordan and Spokesperson for the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Amb. Shin graduated from Seoul National University, studied Chinese at Beijing University and received his MA from the University of North Korean Studies in Korea.