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Current State of North Korea with Doug Bandow (Korea Insights #3)

Global Peace Foundation works with our distinguished partners around the world to support the reunification of the Korean peninsula. We believe that peace and prosperity within the Korean peninsula and East Asia are not secured by unification alone, but will be equally determined by the vision of what kind of nation a new unified Korea will become for the world. On such a basis, our primary mission is to provide a vision that could not only move the global community to work toward Korean unification but also to suggest a framework so a new unified Korea can become a positive ally in development and peace for the global society. 

The Korea Insight series invites experts and activists to discuss the current critical issues surrounding Korea and Korean unification. 

In this interview, we introduce Doug Bandow, a senior fellow of CATO Institute, an American think tank in Washington, D.C. Bandow is a political writer with many articles written for various publications and news outlets. We asked various questions for his insight on the current state of the Koreas.

Timestamps

1:00 What is the current situation of DPRK’s denuclearization and tensions with surrounding countries?
2:34 What are the current positions of surrounding countries regarding the denuclearization of North Korea?
4:09 What about a comprehensive approach to the current challenges: economic development, human rights, denuclearization?
6:10 Summarize the history of denuclearization efforts.
9:29 Can the U.S.'s narrow focus on nuclear disarmament achieve denuclearization?
12:12 Under what circumstances would the U.S. support Korean reunification?
14:38 Is the U.S. use of economic incentives to encourage denuclearization effective?
16:55 How does Moon Jae-in's proposal for a Peace Economy with Noth Korea affect the U.S.-South Korea-Japan alliance?
19:09 What do you think of the current discourse between ROK-DPRK? Should DPRK be allowed to dictate the agenda?
22:24 Thoughts on Dr. Hyun Jin Moon’s proposal to have denuclearization addressed in the larger context of Korean reunification?
24:59 GPF is promoting a new nation based on the Korean Declaration of Independence. What possibilities do you see in this approach?
28:03 Are there some considerations that should be made so that integration can be a positive result for both sides?
30:08 Would it be possible for reunification to not require major sacrifice from South Korea?
31:52 What is the biggest human rights issue in North Korea and how can it be addressed?
35:57 Do you see the restart of Six-Party talks valuable?
37:49 Does China support DPRK denuclearization?
39:46 How will the U.S.-China Trade War change China? How would that impact the DPRK?
42:46 Final Thoughts