Give bombs a chance – for peace

Give bombs a chance – for peace

February 2020 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEFTongfi Kim Negotiations for North Korea’s nuclear disarmament face many difficulties, but an exchange of a few North Korean nuclear warheads and a partial lifting of economic sanctions is a work-around for both North...
Why Parasite’s big win at the Oscars is a game changer

Why Parasite’s big win at the Oscars is a game changer

12 February 2020 | KOREA CHAIR EXPLAINS Young-in Lee Parasite (2019), a satirical masterpiece directed by South Korean helmer Bong Joon-ho, became the first non-English language film awarded the Best Picture in the 92 years of history of the Oscars. The film also won...
Unpacking Seoul’s Unhappiness with Trump

Unpacking Seoul’s Unhappiness with Trump

January 2020 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEFRamon Pacheco Pardo It has become clear in recent months that Seoul and Washington have several important disagreements shaking the foundations of their alliance. Problems include US demands that inter-Korean cooperation...
Give bombs a chance – for peace

Unpacking ‘Peace through strength’

December 2019 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEFRamon Pacheco Pardo ‘Peace through strength’ is a key driver behind President Moon Jae-in’s security and defence policy. It has two components. The national security component refers to the Republic of Korea Armed Forces...
Give bombs a chance – for peace

Time for the EU to Rethink ‘Critical Engagement’

November 2019 | KF-VUB KOREA CHAIR POLICY BRIEF Ramon Pacheco Pardo EU’s ‘critical engagement’ policy towards North Korea needs to make way for a credible engagement policy suited to strategic partners South Korea’s and the US’ current approach. To move towards its...