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Looking Back and Looking Forward: 70 Years since the Korean War

Looking Back and Looking Forward: 70 Years since the Korean WarThis event, in collaboration with the Korean Economic Institute of America, will discuss the importance of the Korean War as a major twentieth century conflict, look at the legacies of the war on Korea and the wider world today, and think about prospects for the Korean peninsula in the future.


Speaker bios:

Ji-Yeon O. Jo is an Associate Professor in UNC’s Department of Asian and Middle East Studies, where she leads the Korean program, and Director of the Carolina Asia Center. Her research and teaching interests include the Korean diaspora, ethnic return migration, and Asian American Studies.


Jean H. Lee is an award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer, commentator and expert on North Korea who serves as Director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A longtime journalist, Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012, she opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau.


Michael Cotey Morgan is associate professor of international history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of The Final Act: The Helsinki Accords and the Transformation of the Cold War (Princeton UP, 2018). Before coming to UNC, he taught at the US Naval War College and the University of Toronto, and was a visiting fellow at Sciences Po, Paris.


Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, DC.  He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a 38-year career that included postings in Seoul, London, Ulaanbaatar, The Hague, Reykjavik, and the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels.  He served as Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office (ITAO) in Baghdad from 2007-2008. Mr. Tokola received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the Dayton Peace Accords while serving as Political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997-1999.

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