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Public seminar and book launch

Negotiating with North Korea: The Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue

Speakers: Dr Leszek Buszynski and Professor Michael Wesley
Date: Monday 21 October 2013
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm, refreshments served from 6.30pm
Venue: Barton Theatre *Please note the change of venue
Vodcast: Watch the seminar
Seminar flyer: Negotiating with North Korea: The Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue (PDF 237KB)

Dr Leszek BuszynskiThis NSC seminar will address the complex question of negotiation with North Korea. In Negotiating with North Korea: The Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue, Dr Buszynski analyses the Six Party Talks as a case study of negotiation and examines the proposition that the process of negotiation can shape the outcome, sometimes in unexpected ways.

This study examines how the talks, intended to terminate North Korea’s nuclear program, actually gave it time to bring that program to completion. It concludes that the talks have had their day and should not be revived. While they made sense when China assumed the role of a mediator, China has since sided with the North after it conducted nuclear tests.

Dr Buszynski will argue that the six parties are now inadequate and proposes a wider multilateralism which would involve ASEAN, the EU, Australia, the IAEA and the UN to bring stability to the region.

Dr Buszynski is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU National Security College. From 1994 to 2010 he worked at the International University of Japan (IUJ) in various roles, including as Professor of International Relations and Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations. Dr Buszynski was also a Director of the Research Institute of Asian Development, with previous roles in the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore.

Professor Michael Wesley will formally launch the book and discuss the issues it raises. He is Professor of National Security and Director, Academic, Outreach & Research at the NSC. He has published extensively in the area of national security and foreign policy. He was Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy from 2009 to 2012 and Professor of International Relations and Director of the Asia Institute at Griffith University from 2004 to 2009.

To purchase a copy of the book, visit the Routledge website.

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.


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