Understanding the Disappearance of Kim Jong Un
Mason Richey, a contributing writer of Asia Society Korea and associate professor of international politics at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, led another roundtable discussion with Barbara Demick, former Seoul Bureau Chief of LA Times, Andrew Salmon, Seoul Correspondent at Asia Times, and Dr. Myong-Hyun Go, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, dealing with the ongoing rumors over Kim Jong Un’s disappearance.
Barbara Demick is author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea and Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood. She was bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in Beijing and Seoul, and previously reported from the Middle East and Balkans for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Demick grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Yale College Her work has won many awards including the Samuel Johnson prize (now the Baillie Gifford prize) for non-fiction in the U.K., the Overseas Press Club’s human rights reporting award, the Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy award and Stanford University’s Shorenstein Award for Asia coverage. Her North Korea book was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was a press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Bagehot fellow in business journalism at Columbia University and a visiting professor of journalism at Princeton University. She lives in New York City.
Seoul-based Englishman Andrew Salmon holds a BA in History and Comparative Literature from the University of Kent and an MA in Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. A resident of Seoul since 1998, he is Asia Times' Northeast Asia editor. His work has also appeared in the BBC, CNN, Forbes, France24, The International Herald Tribune, The South China Morning Post, The Times and The Washington Times. His books on the Korean War have garnered a "Korea Wave" award from South Korea's National Assembly and a "Member of the British Empire" award from Queen Elizabeth II.
Dr. Myong-Hyun Go is a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Go was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatry Institute. His research applies quantitative perspectives to traditional and non-traditional security issues. Dr. Go’s publications include “The Rise of Phantom Traders: Russian Oil Exports to North Korea” (2018), "Kidnapping as Foreign Policy: North Korea’s History of State Sponsored Abductions" (2018). Dr. Go received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Mason Richey is associate professor of international politics at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea), as well as contributing writer to Asia Society Korea. Dr. Richey has also held positions as a POSCO Visiting Research Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu, HI) and a DAAD Scholar at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on U.S. and European foreign and security policy as applied to the Asia-Pacific. Recent scholarly articles have appeared (inter alia) in Pacific Review, Asian Security, Global Governance, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Shorter analyses and opinion pieces have been published in War on the Rocks, Le Monde, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, and Forbes, among other venues.