The Korea Now Podcast #34 – Tim Shorrock – ‘Gwangju Declassified - American Involvement in the Uprising’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Tim Shorrock. They speak about the atmosphere leading up to the Gwangju Uprising, how the events unfolded on the ground, the decision making processes of the key actors, the impact the uprising had on democratic formation inside South Korea, the resulting criminal prosecutions, and importantly the role played behind the scenes by the American administration.

Tim Shorrock is a Washington-based investigative journalist whose work over the past 35 years has appeared in publications such as The Nation, Salon, Daily Beast, Mother Jones, The Progressive, Foreign Policy in Focus and Asia Times. He is the author of ‘Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Outsourced Intelligence’ and ‘Kwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of the Age’. Tim’s reporting on Gwangju is available at: http://timshorrock.com/

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The Korea Now Podcast #33 – Joseph Juhn– ‘Exodus, Identity and Revolution - The History of Koreans in Cuba’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Joseph Juhn. They speak about the 1905 migration of Koreans to Mexico, their onward movement to Cuba, the difficulties they experienced in both countries, the challenges of maintaining split identities as a diaspora, how the Japanese annexation and division of the Korean peninsula reshaped these identities, the nature of this community and how it maintains today, and the impact they have had on Cuban society and politics.

Joseph Juhn is a former attorney and Intellectual Property Consultant at KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency). In December2015, he travelled to Cuba and by chance found himself meeting with members of the Korean-Cuban community. From this first encounter with this diaspora, Joseph has produced and directed an independent, feature-length documentary about the history of Koreans in Cuba, titled ‘Jeronimo’. (Link to the film’s website: http://www.jeronimothemovie.com/).

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The Korea Now Podcast #32 – Paul Kyumin Lee – ‘Divided Relatives, Defector Communities and Family Reunions’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Paul Kyumin Lee. They speak about the issues faced by people with family members inside North Korea, the time-sensitive need to secure a formal mechanism for family reunions between America and North Korea, the political and security landscape that such an agreement is being stifled by, the challenges and issues being faced by the North Korean defector community, and primarily the work that is being undertaken by ‘Divided Families USA’ in seeking a solution to these challenges.

Paul Kyumin Lee is a graduate of Yale University, and is currently a junior fellow in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Paul also holds the position of Vice-President of the non-governmental, non-profit organization, Divided Families USA. This organisation advocates for a formal mechanism of reunion for Americans of Korean descent and their direct relatives in North Korea who were separated during the Korean War. (Website link to Divided Families USA: http://www.dfusa.org/)

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The Korea Now Podcast #31 – Terence Roehrig – ‘Conflict at Sea - The Korean Northern Limit Line’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Terence Roehrig. They speak about the history of the Northern Limit Line that delineates the ocean boundary between the two Korea’s, the circumstances under which it was created, its standing under international law, the nature of the dispute surrounding it, what is at stake for both countries, and the ongoing skirmishes and naval conflicts concerning the line.

As well as being a past president of the Association of Korean Political Studies, Terence Roehrig is a Professor of National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College. Terence is the author of ‘From Deterrence to Engagement: The U.S. Defense Commitment to South Korea’ and ‘Korean Dispute over the Northern Limit Line: Security, Economics, or International Law?’

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The Korea Now Podcast #30 – Joseph Wright – ‘The Nature of North Korea’s Autocracy’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Joseph Wright. They speak about the nature of North Korea’s autocratic regime, its unique longevity, the importance of having two significant early international patrons, the control asserted over the military and political institutions by the Kim dynasty, and the highly ‘personalistic’ nature of the regime. Beyond this core structure, they talk through other aspects of Joseph’s research on coups, democratisation, foreign aid, regime change and human rights prosecutions.

Joseph Wright is a political scientist and Co-Director of Global and International Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He has previously held a position as the ‘Jeffrey L. and Sharon D. Hyde Early Career Professorship’, and is the author of Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival (Oxford University Press) and How Dictatorships Work(Cambridge University Press). Important to this podcast, he is also the author of the article, ‘The North Korean autocracy in comparative perspective’ (http://sites.psu.edu/wright/files/2017/11/Song-Wright-NKorea-1cydpln.pdf).

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The Korea Now Podcast #29 – Jieun Baek – ‘Information and Change in North Korea’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Jieun Baek. They speak about the information landscape inside North Korea, the limitations and punishments imposed upon the consumption of outside media, the ways in which knowledge of the outside world has managed to bypass these restrictions since the famine-years, and the impact that such new sources of  information is having on both individuals and the broader North Korean society.

Jieun Baek is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the University of Oxford. She has previously held a position as a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and has written for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Politico and the Huffington Post. Pertinent to this podcast, Jieun is the author of ‘North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society’.

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The Korea Now Podcast #28 – Clint Work – ‘Operational Control (OPCON), Troop Withdrawals and the Carter Years’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Clint Work. They speak about the history of Operational Control (OPCON) between South Korean and American forces, the issue of potential troop withdrawals, the difficulties that have arisen over the years in trying to find a solution to this issue, the inherent risk that such actions might embolden North Korea, and importantly the Presidential years of Jimmy Carter and how they help to contextualize the current debate.

Clint Work is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah's Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea. Working on U.S.-Korea relations and U.S. Foreign Policy, he has previously held positions at the International Crisis Group’s (ICG) Seoul office, and writes regularly for various media outlets, including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, Sino-NK, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Clint is currently a Ph.D. candidate working on U.S.-Korean relations under President Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s and Carter’s abortive withdrawal of U.S. ground combat forces from South Korea.

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The Korea Now Podcast #27 – Sam Wells – ‘The Decision for War in Korea - Stalin, Mao and Kim’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sam Wells. They speak about the events leading up to the Korean War, the roles played by Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung, the strategic interests of these three actors, the different calculations they made, the personal interactions between the three men that led to war, and the long-term ramifications of their ultimate decision to launch the Korean War.

Sam Wells is a former Deputy and Associate Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, and a former Director of the West European Studies Program at the Wilson Center, where he also founded the International Security Studies Program in 1977 (which he directed until 1985), and has previously taught at the University of North Carolina and Wellesley College. Working within the Cold War History Project, Sam has played a central role in bringing to light new historical documentation on the events surrounding the Korean War. (Links to the Wilson Center’s documentation program related to North Korea: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/north-korea-international-documentation-project and https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/)

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The Korea Now Podcast #26 – Daniel Wertz – ‘Talking to North Korea - A History of Nuclear Diplomacy’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Daniel Wertz. They speak about the history of North Korea’s nuclear program, how this program has evolved over the years, North Korea’s motivation in developing a nuclear capability, the challenges of American-North Korean diplomacy over the issue, the reoccurring themes of the negotiations, and the prospects of a peaceful outcome.

Daniel Wertz is a foreign policy professional focussing on the issues of sanctions, non-proliferation issues and human rights related to the Korean peninsula. Daniel is currently the Program Manager at the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), which works to promote stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula. Daniel is also the lead researcher and editor at North Korea in the World (https://www.northkoreaintheworld.org/), and related specifically to this podcast, is the author of ‘The U.S., North Korea, and Nuclear Diplomacy’(https://www.ncnk.org/resources/briefing-papers/all-briefing-papers/history-u.s.-dprk-relations).

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The Korea Now Podcast #25 – Urs Gerber – ‘Monitoring the Peace inside the Korean Demilitarized Zone’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with retired Major-General Urs Gerber. They speak about the Korean Armistice Agreement, how this agreement governs the ceasefire between the two Korea’s, the nature of the Demilitarized Zone, what life is like working in the border village of Panmunjom, how border tensions should be properly contextualized, and the difficulties in monitoring and enforcing the Korean Armistice Agreement.

Major-General Urs Gerber has an educational background in history, has served as an intelligence officer under the Swiss Ministry of Defense, was the Head of the Armed Forces’ Security Cooperation between Euroatlantic States, and importantly for this podcast, from 2012 until his retirement last year Urs Gerber was the Head of the Swiss Delegation of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC), charged with monitoring the Korean Armistice Agreement inside the Demilitarized Zone. Urs is now the Editor-in-Chief of Military Power Revue.

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The Korea Now Podcast #24 – Ned Forney – ‘Operation Christmas Cargo - The Hungnam Evacuation’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Ned Forney. They speak about the 1950 Hungnam Evacuation, the events leading up to the mission, the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the long retreat to Hungnam, the overwhelming scope of the evacuation, the constant difficulty of holding Chinese forces at bay, and how the operation morphed into a humanitarian rescue mission for 100,000 North Korean refugees.

Ned Forney is a Seoul based writer, with a research focus on the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir and the Hungnam Evacuation. Ned lectures at schools, universities, non-governmental organisations, and military groups, and has been a consultant for NBC and PBS documentary series’ on the Korean War. A Marine veteran himself, Ned is also the grandson of the late Colonel Edward H. Forney, the evacuation control officer during the Hungnam Evacuation. You can follow Ned’s work at: http://nedforney.com/

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The Korea Now Podcast #23 – Matt VanVolkenburg – ‘1960’s-70’s Youth Culture in South Korea and its Suppression’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Matt VanVolkenburg. They speak about the rise of youth culture in South Korea during the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Western influences behind this movement, the challenge this represented to traditional values and ways of life, the crackdown on this youth culture by the Park Chung-hee government, and the centuries old fear that the import of Western technology might also bring about the end of Korean culture.

Matt VanVolkenburg has lived in Korea, on-and-off, since 2001. His research focuses on modern Korean history, through an analysis of music, film, inter-cultural reactions, and the approach taken to foreigners. This research contributed to the United Nations Committee on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination bringing a case against the Korean government over its HIV testing of foreign professionals. Matt runs the blog ‘Gusts of Popular Feeling’ (http://populargusts.blogspot.com/).

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The Korea Now Podcast #22 – Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein – ‘Surveillance, Control and Change - The North Korean Economy’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein. They speak about the changing economic landscape within North Korea, the social changes that are visible on the ground, the challenges this poses for the traditional structures of surveillance and control, and the long-term risk that is being confronted by the Kim regime.

Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein is the co-editor of North Korean Economy Watch (www.nkeconwatch.com), an associate scholar with the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), and a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His research primarily focuses on surveillance and political control inside North Korea, and the structure of government behind these institutions/apparatuses.

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The Korea Now Podcast #21 – Michael Kirby – ‘Human Rights in North Korea - Looking Back on the Commission of Inquiry’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Michael Kirby. They speak about the 2014 United Nations Commission of Inquiry report into North Korean human rights abuses, how the inquiry came about, the difficulties involved in collecting evidence for the report, the challenges and opposition to the entire process posed by the North Korean regime, and the impact that the report has had in the years since its publication.

Michael Kirby is a former Australian High Court judge, former Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation & Arbitration Commission, former Chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission, former President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal, and former Acting Chief Justice of Australia. Following his judicial retirement, Michael was appointed Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea. (Link to Michael Kirby’s personal website: https://www.michaelkirby.com.au/). (Link to the Report of the Commission of Inquiry: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx).

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The Korea Now Podcast #20 – Sandra Fahy – ‘The Language of Suffering - Life and Struggle during the North Korean Famine’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Sandra Fahy. They speak about the North Korean famine of the mid-to-late 1990’s, the stories told about this period by defectors, and, importantly, the unique insight that can be gained into their suffering and the social dynamics of North Korea through the censorship, peculiarities and changes in everyday language that occurred at this time.

Sandra Fahy completed her doctorate in Anthropology at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Sejong Society, the University of Southern California, and École des hautes études en sciences socials in Paris. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo, and the author of ‘Marching through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea’; her forthcoming book is ‘Dying for Rights: Putting North Korea’s Human Rights Abuses on the Record’. This interview also heavily references her article ‘Famine Talk-Communication styles and socio-political awareness in 1990s North Korea’.

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The Korea Now Podcast #19 – Scott LaFoy – ‘A Silent Conflict - North Korea’s Cyber Warfare’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Scott LaFoy. They speak about the background of North Korea’s warfighting capabilities, their development of asymmetric threats, the place that cyber-warfare now holds in this regard, the history of North Korea’s cyber-operations, the strategic value of this type of warfare, as well as looking into the different motivations for such conflict through analysing a series of actual North Korean cyber-attacks.

Scott LaFoy is a military analyst and researcher focussed on North Korea and its military capabilities. In 2015 he co-wrote a report, ‘North Korea's Cyber Capabilities’, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) (https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/legacy_files/files/publication/151216_Cha_NorthKoreasCyberOperations_Web.pdf), from which this interview heavily references. Scott currently works at Arms Control Wonk (https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/).

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The Korea Now Podcast #18 – William Mako – ‘The IMF in Korea - Crash, Crisis and Recovery’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with William Mako. They speak about the impact of the Asian Financial Crisis on South Korea, the structure of the Korean economy leading into the late 1990s, the historical reasons for many of the unsustainable business practices, the role of the Chaebol, the nature of the IMF’s bailout package, the impact on Korean society, and the long-term legacy of the crisis.

William Mako advised Korea’s Financial Supervisory Commission during the Asian Financial Crisis, and in its aftermath. Working on Chaebol reform, William helped to restructure Korea’s corporate sector, assisted in the implementation of loan conditions, monitored the restructuring efforts through the IMF, and ran nation-wide supervision of the negotiated changes. In 2014, William retired from his position at the World Bank, and now lectures on macro-economics at Kyung Hee University and L’institut des études politiques de Paris.

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The Korea Now Podcast #17 – Kathryn Weathersby – ‘Dividing Korea - Politics, War and Fear’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Kathryn Weathersby. They speak about the events surrounding the division of the Korean peninsula, the decision-making processes of the key actors, the security considerations of the occupying powers, the impact of the Korean War over the issue, and how this division will continue to look into the future.

Kathryn Weathersby is a Visiting Scholar at the US Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and is a Fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Asia Studies (ICAS). Pertinent to this interview, Kathryn is the Director for the Korea Initiative of the Cold War International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which focusses on analysing newly emerging historical documents on North Korea from its former communist allies.

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The Korea Now Podcast #16 – Alexis Dudden – ‘Dokdo or Takeshima - The Ruse of History’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Alexis Dudden. They speak about the ongoing island dispute between Korea and Japan over Dokdo/Takeshima, the validity of each sides claim, the frame this issue now provides for the modern national identity of both countries, and the insight it offers to lingering Japanese-Korean tensions and questions of wartime guilt, apologies and reparations.

Alexis Dudden is a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, and she has been a Fulbright Professor, Faculty Member and/or Visiting Fellow at Yonsei University, Princeton University, Niigata International and Information University, Harvard University, Seoul National University, and Rikkyo University. Alexis is the author of ‘Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power’ and ‘Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States’. Links to Alexis Dudden’s work can be found at: https://history.uconn.edu/faculty-by-name/alexis-dudden

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The Korea Now Podcast #15 – Robert Boynton – ‘State Sponsored Kidnapping - The Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project’

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Robert Boynton. They speak about the North Korean abduction of Japanese citizens beginning in the late 1970s, the lives these abductees were forced to live in Pyongyang, the devastation for the families left behind who never stopped searching, the deep wounds of Japanese nationalism and identity that were pulled open by the issue, and the reasons for the abduction project itself.

Robert Boynton directs the Literary Reportage program as a Professor of Journalism at New York University, and has a long career in journalism with his works available in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and The Nation, amongst others. He is also the author of The New New Journalism, and for the purpose of this podcast the author of The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project. Links to Roberts work can be found at: http://robertboynton.com

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