North Korea and Conflict Management
Constructive Engagement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) (John Swenson-Wright)
This is multi-faceted research initiative that explores both domestic politics in the Democratic Republic of Korea and relations between the DPRK and the outside world. The initiative, which dates from 2002 combines track II direct contact with the DPRK with academic collaboration with colleagues in the United States, Europe, South Korea and Japan (including the planned establishment in 2014 of a new North Korea Research Forum, attached to the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies). Thanks in part to past support from scholarly foundations in Japan and the active assistance of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the initiative has involved two direct Cambridge University-led field-trips to the DPRK (in 2004 and 2012), academic exchange between Cambridge and DPRK institutions (including the direct training of four Chevening-sponsored DPRK students), and a series of academic publications, including Rudiger Frank and John Swenson-Wright, eds. Korea and East Asia: The Stony Road to Collective Security (Leiden: Brill, 2012) and a forthcoming volume on the legacy of Kim Dae-jung’s policy of engagement with the DPRK , to be published by Yonsei University Press in 2014. The project also involves the promotion of direct cultural engagement with the DPRK, including a possible literary festival to be held in Pyongyang in 2014.