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CIC Saskatoon: North Korea: Prospects for Peace or War
February 4, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST
The situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (North Korea) has seen tumultuous developments in 2018, with a dramatic and unprecedented Summit meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. But it is not clear if the high-level dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington will prove successful. However, we have already seen a sustained improvement in relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.
Join us for a discussion with Gordon Houlden, Director of the China Institute, University of Alberta, on the context on the Korean peninsula, an update on where we are now, and the road forward.
Prof. Gordon Houlden is the Director of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta.
Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, serving in Ottawa and abroad. Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian Foreign Service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada including five postings in China. He also served at Canadian Embassy in Havana and Warsaw, and at Canada National Defence College. His last assignment before joining UAlberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, responsible for Greater China, Japan, the Koreas and Mongolia.
Under Professor Houlden’s leadership, the China Institute has focused on contemporary China studies, with an emphasis on Canada’s trade, investment and energy linkages with the PRC, as well as Asian security issues.
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