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North Korea – Threat or Bluster?

North Korea - Threat or Bluster?

Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival

John EverardOnly Beautiful, Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea

Paul French North Korea: State of Paranoia

With Charles Scanlon  BBC’s East Asia Editor

North Korea is a country that continues to make headlines – arousing curiosity and fear in equal measure.  Former British Ambassador in North Korea John Everard and East Asia expert Paul French share their experiences in the country and address important questions about its uncertain future.

John Everard was the British Ambassador in North Korea from 2006 to 2008. While there he dealt with issues such as the 2006 missile and nuclear tests, North Korea’s food shortages, economic problems, and its complex politics. From 2010-11 he was a Pantech Fellow at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Reseach Centre, where he conducted research and participated in major international conferences on North Korea.  From 2011-12 he was coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on sanctions against North Korea.  His distinguished career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office covered 30 years, spanned four continents, and included other politically sensitive posts such as Ambassador to Belarus and Ambassador to Uruguay. His experiences in North Korea are chronicled in his book Only Beautiful, Please: A British Diplomat in North Korea.

Paul French has lived and worked in China for many years. He is a widely published analyst and commentator, contributing to the China Economic Review, the East Asia Forum Quarterly, Foreign Policy, the Asian Wall Street Journal and other publications.  He is the author of Midnight in Peking and the series editor of Zed Books’ Asian Arguments series and the Royal Asiatic Society-Hong Kong University Press China Monographs.

They will be speaking to Charles Scanlon, BBC’s East Asia Editor. He was BBC Korea correspondent from 1994-97 and Japan and Korea correspondent from 2000-07.

We regret that John Sweeney will not be able to join the panel, due to unforeseen professional commitments outside of the UK.  We are delighted to welcome former Ambassador to North Korea, John Everard to contribute to the discussion.

 

Note:

We regret that John Sweeney will not be able to join the panel, due to unforeseen professional commitments outside of the UK.  We are delighted to welcome former Ambassador to North Korea, John Everard to contribute to the discussion.

 

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Date:
May 7, 2014
Time:
18:45 - 20:00
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Asia House

Venue

Asia House
63 New Cavendish St, London, Gt Lon W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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