North and South Korea have been divided by the Demilitarized Zone for nearly 65 years.
North and South Korea have been divided by the Demilitarized Zone for nearly 65 years.

The Arizona Senior Academy is presenting a discussion on inter-Korean tensions and U.S.-South Korean relations at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (March 3) as part of the Foreign Policy Association’s annual Great Decisions program.

What is the threat to international stability triggered by North Korea? Should the U.S. and other international players consider regime change in North Korea as a policy option? What impact does the Koreas’ dependency on China for trade, food and fuel have?

After a summary of written material provided by the FPA, a short video will be shown followed by a discussion of the socio-economic challenges of South Korea and the nuclear capabilities and human rights situation in North Korea as well as the attempt by South Korean president Park Geun-hye to establish trust-based relations (Trustpolitik) with North Korea.

The weekly format is an introduction to the topic by a volunteer discussion leader, this week Nancy Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald lived in Korea as a child, and her family was evacuated from Soul at the onset of the Korean War in 1950. She has maintained an interest in Korea and has adopted a Korean daughter. She and her husband Jerry Agnew will facilitate the discussion.

Written by Nancy Fitzgerald, Academy Village Volunteer

 

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