Memories and Projections from North Korea: East Asia’s Hall of Mirrors?

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Date: 17 Oct 2018 – 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: Monash University, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Room T1


Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Memories and Projections from North Korea: East Asia’s Hall of Mirrors?

Dr Graham will begin by outlining his key arguments from his most recent publication on the North Korean nuclear crisis, “Trump, Kim and the North Korean Nuclear Missile Melodrama” (Lowy Institute, May 2018). He will include an update on the diplomatic situation since the Kim-Trump summit took place in Singapore, in June, assessing progress on the main issue, as well as the ongoing inter-Korean engagement process, and wider implications for the US-South Korean alliance and security in Northeast Asia. Graham will also offer a comparative perspective on the DPRK, as it is viewed by its neighbours: South Korea, China and Japan, drawing from his short essay from the Nikkei Asia Review (“North Korea’s Historical Hall of Mirrors”, 11 May 2017). Finally, Graham will offer some reflections on his experiences as a diplomat regularly visiting the DPRK between 2004 and 2009.


Dr. Euan Graham has been a close observer of Southeast and Northeast Asian security affairs for more than twenty years, in academia, the private sector, and for the British Government. He joined the Lowy Institute in 2015, from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore where he specialised in maritime security. Prior to this he was a research analyst in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and served at the British Embassy in Pyongyang. His most recent Analysis for the Lowy Institute is: “Trump, Kim and the North Korean Nuclear Missile Melodrama”.Dr Graham’s research interests include Australian defence policy, maritime security and strategy, the Korean Peninsula, and the US strategic role in the Indo-Pacific. He is a regular commentator for the international and Australian media. His book Japan’s Sea Lane Security 1940–2004: A Matter of Life and Death? was the first comprehensive English-language analysis on this subject. He received his PhD from the Australian National University in 2003. Dr Graham is an Associate Fellow at the UK Royal United Services Institute and an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne.





Wednesday 17 Oct


04:30pm – 06:00pm


Monash University
Louis Matheson Library, Room T1 , Clayton Campus
Wellington Road, Clayton
VIC 3800

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