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Trade Cooperation Between Pacific Alliance Members and South Korea: Evolution and Prospects


In the framework of the project "Exploring Trade Cooperation between South Korea and the Pacific Alliance", a second seminar on the topic of trade relations and cooperation will be presented. The aim is to focus on public and private sector's views and perspectives on the trade relationship between the Pacific Alliance (PA) and South Korea. The seminar will discuss the particular characteristics of trade and investment, as well as challenges and opportunities in light of the signed FTAs and Korea’s entry as an associate member of the Alliance.

Engaging North Korea: Prospects, Benefits and Challenges


Engagement is necessary to address North Korean issues, but sustained engagement has been elusive in recent years as the United States and the international community have prioritised sanctions and summits without a proper diplomatic process. Three experts discuss the prospects that diplomacy can resume following the US presidential election.

Peacebuilding on the Korean Peninsula: U.S. and European Perspectives


How can the two Koreas move towards establishing a sustainable peacebuilding process?  Are they in the “driver’s seat” or are other external factors dictating the process?  How can the international community contribute to the peace process? Join the KF-VUB Korea Chair and the United States Institute of Peace on Wednesday March 24 at 16.00 PM for a panel discussion on U.S. and European perspectives on how to achieve peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, and whether similar processes in other regions provide any helpful lessons.

Connecting Eurasia: Views from Europe, Korea and Asia


Connectivity has moved from buzzword to reality. A few examples of this are the EU's Connecting Europe & Asia strategy, South Korea's New Southern Policy and Northern Economic Cooperation, and connectivity strategies from ASEAN. China and Japan also seek to build digital, infrastructure, energy and people-to-people bridges across Eurasia. What are the similarities and differences between the strategies of Europe, Korea and other Asian countries? Is there scope for cooperation between these strategies or are they bound to lead to competition and tensions? Join us on April 27 for a discussion on connectivity across Eurasia.

16th Jeju Forum for Peace & Prosperity: Reconsidering Arms Control with Nuclear North Korea


North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006. Fifteen years later, Pyongyang is in possession of an estimated 30 to 60 nuclear warheads, which its missiles can potentially carry all the way to the White House. The Biden Administration is the fourth in a row in the US that has to contend with a nuclear North Korea. Both sanctions and negotiations have failed to solve the North Korean nuclear conundrum. And as long as North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme continues to be a problem to solve, peace on the Korean Peninsula will be but a dream. Could an arms control deal be the key to the resolution to North Korea’s nuclear issue and unlock peace between the two Koreas?

Brussels Korea Forum

Renaissance Brussels hotel

On 14th October, KF-VUB Korea Chair is hosting the Brussels Korea Forum at the Renaissance Brussels hotel. This is set to become the preeminent event for a Brussels and European audience to learn about and discuss Korean affairs. Our aim is for the forum to become the leading venue for policy-makers, researchers, academics and other interested parties to discuss Korean Peninsula security and South Korea-Europe relations, together with their Korean counterparts.