▲ Professor Moon lecturing at KU. Photographed by Park Min Ha.
On September 9, Professor Moon Chung-in (Political Science and International Studies, Yonsei University) visited the College of Liberal Arts at Korea University (KU) to perform a lecture titled “The Changing Atmosphere of the Korean Peninsula and a Search for Response Strategies.” Professor Moon is also a Special Presidential Advisor to President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) for Unification, Foreign Affairs and National Security. The main lecture started at 3:50 P.M. after a slight delayal and lasted an hour. The lecture was hosted by the Unification and International Peace interdisciplinary major and KU Brain Korea 21 Program for Leading Universities and Students (BK21 Plus).
The lecture began with a short introduction by Professor Heo Eun (Department of Korean History, Korea University) about the Unification and International Peace interdisciplinary major. Professor Heo explained, “The interdisciplinary major was created two years ago to provide a strong foundation for students wanting to learn more about unification and international peace affairs.” He further expressed gratitude towards Professor Moon for performing such a lecture and also towards the many students who visited the College of Liberal Arts to attend the lecture.
Professor Moon started the main lecture by talking about the recent turn of events that influenced the Korean peninsula. Labelling the year 2017 as a crisis, 2018 as the year of opportunities, and 2019 as an uncertainty, he gave a chronological overview of the position and direction of ROK within global affairs. On the topic of North Korea-United States (U.S.) relations, Professor Moon explained that a point of agreement is yet to be made regarding political and military assurance, denuclearization, and sanctions relief. He further talked about the difficult position of ROK with North Korea, U.S., and Japan.
Professor Moon closed the lecture by providing his insight on the next agenda for ROK. These propositions included moving away from taking sides in politics, overcoming the offsetting structure of the ROK-U.S. alliance and inter-Korean relations, and putting in effort to build a national consensus. The lecture ended with a question and answer session from the questions prepared by the Unification and International Peace interdisciplinary major students as part of their assignment before the lecture.