Adviser to Korean President to Discuss Korean Summit at Williams, Feb. 19

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Feb. 8, 2001 — Dr. Chung-in Moon, a member of the South Korean Delegation to last year’s Pyungyang Summit, will give a public lecture titled “Two days on the other side: an insider’s account of the historic summit between two Koreas” on Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Williams College. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall.

Moon is an advisory member of the National Security Council of the Office of the South Korean President.

One of the few visible vestiges of the Cold War era, Korea has not unified as Germany did in 1990, nor has one side been annexed to the other, as happened in Vietnam after American troops pulled out in the 1970s. Hostilities on both sides of the Korean “Iron Curtain” have remained.

Last year’s summit, one of the first steps towards fostering a friendlier relationship between the two nations, was hailed by countries around the world. Both leaders seemed eager to diminish existing tensions between North and South. Moon said after the summit that “the first step on the road to peaceful coexistence and unification has proven amazingly successful.”

Moon is also professor of political science and dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. Prior to joining the Yonsei faculty, Moon taught at the University of Kentucky, Williams College, the University of California at San Diego, and Duke University. He has written 13 books and more than 130 articles, which have appeared in scholarly journals including World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Journal of Democracy. Among his most recent books are “Arms Control on the Korean Peninsula: International Relations, Regional Dynamics, and Domestic Structure” (1996), and “Economic Crisis and Structural Reforms in South Korea: Assessments and Implications” (2000).

The lecture is sponsored by the political science and Asian studies departments.