This week, a delegation from The Fletcher School, led by Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, visited the Republic of Korea to mark the establishment of the Kim Koo-Korean Foundation Professorship at Fletcher. The new professorship, in Dean Bosworth’s words, “will enable The Fletcher School to offer a variety of courses on modern Korean history, politics, and foreign relations as well as those that offer a broader view of contemporary relations of East Asia.” This permanent faculty chair, which is currently held by Prof. Sung-Yoon Lee (F94, F98), is Fletcher’s twelfth.
On September 20, 2012, Prof. Lee delivered the inaugural lecture of the Professorship titled "In Due Course: The Maturation of Korea-U.S. Relations?" at the Kim Koo Museum and Library in Seoul. The event marked the culmination of the tour, during which Dean Bosworth and Prof. Lee engaged with the Korean media and policy makers. In particular, Dean Bosworth’s observations on the denuclearization of the peninsula and his recommendations to take talks with North Korea forward received wide coverage in the local and foreign press.
“Our goal should be to construct an interlocking network of undertakings within northeast Asia with which North Korea could be a part and from which they would receive significant benefit, both economic and political. In return, they would pledge not to develop further nuclear capability.”
Bosworth: Get Real on the V in CVID, The Wall Street Journal, September 18, 2012
“For me, the question of whether to try engagement once again [with North Korea] is really easy to answer, because I find that the alternatives to engagement are very unpromising and even dangerous”
Former official: US, South Korea need realistic nuclear goal for the North, Stars and Stripes, September 18, 2012
Engaging N. Korea only option to resolve nuclear program: ex-U.S. envoy, Yonhap News Agency, September 18, 2012.
“Unfortunately, I think that the complete elimination of nuclear programs in North Korea is not going to happen in the near future. So we are going to have to deal with the concerns of proliferation as well as the underlying problem of denuclearization.”
Subtle differences in N.K. policy not a concern for allies: Bosworth, The Korea Herald, September 18, 2012
“Engagement and deterrence needs to be balanced. Unless there is sufficient deterrence, engagement alone will not stop North Korea. Negotiation with North Korea will be a prolonged endeavor.”
Interview with the former US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, Donga Ilbo, September 19, 2012 (Translated text of remarks)
“Clearly at this point formal diplomacy with North Korea has come to an abrupt halt.”
Nuclear deal? New North Korea and Iran pact raises international concern, Christian Science Monitor, September 20, 2012.
"I think the most important element of deterrence is fundamental solidarity of purpose between the U.S. and South Korea."
Former U.S. Envoy Slams N.Korea Over Aid, Chosun Ilbo, September 19, 2012.
"[I am watching out for] a shift in orientation and that perhaps there's a shake-up that enables the people at the center of the regime to give a little less prominence to the military [in North Korea]."
North Korean Assembly Might Offer Clues to New Leader's Direction, The Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2012.