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Great Decisions Speaker Series - North and South Korea Peace Diplomacy through Science and Technology Cooperation
Dr. Chan-Mo Park Chancellor, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

Topic overview:
Peace and security on the Korean peninsula are very important, not only to North and South Korea, but also to the United States and the global community. Since the division of Korea in 1948 into North and South, there has been no official declaration of the end of the Korean war, only an armistice achieved in 1953. For decades, interactions between the two Koreas had been extremely limited, until the year 2000 and under then
South Korean President Kim, Dae-Jung’s leadership, two historic inter-Korean summits took place. Rapid progress was made and mutual exchange and collaboration was determined to take science and technology collaborations in focus.

The establishment of Pyongyang University for Science and Technology (PUST) as the first private and bilaterally supported university has been a result of these summits and has sparked hope for peace ever since. Officially opened in 2010 and having overcome many hurdles in its young life, PUST remains a beacon of hope for security on the Korean peninsula.

This presentation will cover PUST’s history and current status, and will provide an exclusive opportunity for joint discussions on Korea’s current position within the global community, in particular its relationship to the United States.

May 20, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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