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Lecture: Understanding the North Korean Regime’s Durability

Loyola press release - November 15, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans hosts a talk by Dr. Jai Kwan Jung of Korea University

Loyola University New Orleans’ hosts a lecture Thursday centered around the stability of North Korea. The lecture will be presented by Dr. Jai Kwan Jung, a professor of political science and international relations, at Korea University. Part of the Asian Studies Guest Lecture Series at Loyola, the talk is hosted by Asian Studies Program, Department of Political Science (Research Symposium), Loyola University New Orleans' Society for Civic Engagement (LSCE), and Pi Sigma Alpha, a political science honor society at Loyola University New Orleans.

Titled “Understanding the North Korean Regime’s Durability,” the lecture will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Monroe Hall, Room 610, at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The talk is free and open to the public.

The lecture will examine the question of why there is no political contention or rebellion in North Korea, despite its dire economic conditions, sanctions and diplomatic isolation from the international community, and two times of hereditary succession since the 1990s.

“Given today’s political climate and the state of international relations, the durability of the North Korean regime is a key question facing all Americans, whether they are voters or policymakers,” said Dr. Young Soo Kim, associate professor of political science. “At Loyola University New Orleans, we teach our students to think critically and respect the world around them. By being informed about international politics and considering differing perspectives, they can better consider the world around them and make informed decisions.”

Jai Kwan Jung, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Prior to joining Korea University, he was a Korea Foundation Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

His research interests include political conflict and violence, social movements and contentious politics, and inter-Korean relations. His work has appeared in a number of academic journals such as Democratization, European Journal of Political Research, International Political Science Review, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Mobilization, and Pacific Focus. He is now working on a book project on a comparative study of the North Korean Regime’s durability.