The North Korean threat for global security is growing. The pace and intensity of North Korea’s military technological development have surprised pundits and scholars worldwide, with regional actors perceiving that the development had entered a new phase after the sixth nuclear test and successful launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. Although the frozen conflict on the Korean Peninsula is old, international community has been unable to reconcile it. Different great powers, regional actors and scholarly communities perceive the North Korea problem and range of available solutions very differently, which does not help in forming a coherent policy. How could the North Korean conundrum be solved? Has North Korea been able to reform its economy enough to allow regime survival despite ever toughening international sanctions? How does shadow economy influence North Korea’s closed society?
The seminar is held in conjunction with the publishing of the report ”The North Korean Conundrum: International Responses and Future Challenges”. The report is jointly funded by FIIA and the Korea Foundation.