New year, new approach: 
What's next for DPRK affairs in 2020?

KRG presents its inaugural Brussels event to help policy-makers, senior researchers and business leaders better understand emerging trends and changing politics on the peninsula

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A unique look at recent developments relating to DPRK

Leveraging its uniquely neutral position in the DPRK information ecosystem, Korea Risk Group is proud to be presenting its first-ever Brussels event on February 19 at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels. 

Hosted with the support of the KF-VUB Korea Chair, 19 specialists flying in from countries within Europe, Northeast Asia, and North America, this exclusive four-panel, all-day promises to offer some of the freshest insights and analysis to understand emerging DPRK-related developments. 

Topped off with a networking reception for guests and speakers to get to know each other better, this will be one of the biggest events for North Korea watchers in Europe in the season ahead.

DPRK: VIEWS FROM THE GROUND

With between 200-300 foreigners working inside DPRK throughout the year, this community is often first to witness new trends and developments. From this perspective, how do diplomats, aid workers and business people see recent developments relating to DPRK?

ECONOMY UNDER SANCTIONS

Faced with an ever-tightening sanctions regime in recent years, the DPRK economy has proved surprisingly resilient. But what explains the ongoing economic growth and just how sustainable is it absent a change in the sanctions regime?

WHAT NEXT FOR FOREIGN POLICY?

With Kim Jong Un having set a deadline of December 2019 to re-engage with the U.S., what will 2020 mean for countries seeking to resolve long-standing diplomatic and nuclear-related issues with the DPRK?

Chad O'Carroll – is CEO of Korea Risk Group and has written about North Korea from analytic & journalistic perspectives on NK Pro & NK News since 2010.

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Pick-up after winter with the latest on-the-ground views & specialist insights on DPRK

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Renaissance Hotel
Brussels

Speakers and moderators include:

Christopher Green – is a lecturer at the University of Leiden. He formerly led both the DPRK project at International Crisis Group (ICG) and department of international affairs of the Seoul-based media Daily NK.

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Chun In-bum – LTG Chun In-bum is a three-star who in 2016 retired from South Korea's army, having commanded a combat division in the Korean Special Forces.

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Colin Zwirko – As a correspondent with NK News, Zwirko specializes in coverage of the DPRK based on primary source material, including satellite & ground-level imagery.

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Glyn FordGlyn Ford was an MEP for over 25 years, now working as a director at Track2Asia. He has visited North Korea almost fifty times.

Jacco Zwetsloot – conference moderator and host of the NK News podcast, a weekly North Korea focused interview series that recently celebrated its 100 episode.

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Jan Janowski – Working for the German Federal Foreign Office, Janowski is a seasoned policy professional with fluent Korean who has spent significant time living and working in both the DPRK and ROK.

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Jung Pak – Pak is a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies. She formerly worked as a Senior Analyst for both the CIA and ODNI.

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Ramon Pacheco Pardo – Pacheco Pardo is the KF-VUB Korea Chair at IES Brussels and a Reader in International Relations at KCL (London). He is author of 'North Korea-U.S. Relations from Kim Jong Il to Kim Jong Un'.

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Peter WardWard is a contributor to NK Pro and NK News, specializing in DPRK economic and trade-related issues. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Vienna.

Oliver Hotham – Hotham has been with NK News since 2013 and worked since 2016 as Managing Editor. A specialist on DPRK foreign policy, Hotham regularly provides commentary to international media.

Nils Weisensee – is the Director of News Operations at NK NewsNK ProWeisensee previously worked for Choson Exchange – on DPRK issues – and the Associated Press.

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Minyoung LeeLee is a senior analyst at NK Pro where she mainly examines leadership, state media and propaganda. She worked prior as a senior North Korean media analyst for the U.S. Government.

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Martina Aberg Somogyi – Aberg Somogyi worked in Pyongyang as a Swedish diplomat between 2016 and 2018. She continues to work on DPRK issues from Stockholm, for the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Time: 10.00am-6.00pm (lunch + drinks reception will be served)
For: Government, Business & Media Professionals
Venue: Reinaissance Hotel, Brussels

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Ankit Panda – As a regular contributing analyst to NK Pro, Panda specializes in scrutinizing developments related to the DPRK's WMD & space exploration programs.

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Andray Abrahamian – Abrahamian is a visiting scholar at George Mason University, in South Korea. He previously worked in the DPRK for Choson Exchange. 

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New year, new approach: 
What's next for DPRK affairs in 2020?

Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 10.00am-6.00pm (lunch and drinks reception will be served)
For: Government, Business & Media Professionals
Venue: Renaissance Hotel, Brussels 

Pick-up after winter with the latest on-the-ground views & specialist insights on DPRK

James Pearson – As one of the two authors of "North Korea Confidential" – a groundbreaking book on marketization of the DPRK – Pearson has also written extensively about the country for international media.

NETWORKING RECEPTION

MEDIA: FROM INSIDE AND OUT

With the DPRK producing an ever-increasing range of state media output, it's become increasingly important to pay attention to what is being said – and unsaid – in official North Korean discourse.
After the main program completes, make the most of your paritcipation by taking part in an evening networking reception offered by the KF-VUB Korea Chair. Both speakers and guests will get an opportunity to get to know each other.  

Simon Cockerell – Cockerell is the General Manager of travel company Koryo Tours. Specializing in tourism to the DPRK, Cockerell has been to the country almost 200 times.

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Sokeel Park – Park is the South Korea country director for the Link Organization, which is headquartered in California, U.S. Park has specialist knowledge of daily life and culture in the DPRK.

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Tongfi Kim – Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Vesalius College, and a Senior Researcher at the EU-based KF-VUB Korea Chair. 

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