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Assessing Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula – Contentious History, Summits, Denuclearization, & Prospects for a Paradigm Shift

Thursday, February 21, 2019   19:30 - 21:00

  • Mark E. Caprio (College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University)
  • David H. Satterwhite (Asian Studies & Political Science, Temple University Japan Campus)

From the brink of war in 2017, the Korean Peninsula in 2018 stepped back from the precipice with a series of momentous events, including joint participation in the Winter Olympics and multiple regional summits – notably the first-ever U.S.-DPRK Summit held with great fanfare in Singapore.  Seeking to keep the momentum of diplomatic dialogue alive, a second DPRK-U.S. Summit appears likely in late-February, watched intently for “deliverables” beyond the pomp and pageantry.  Will concrete steps be taken towards the stated end-game, the denuclearization of North Korea?  Might those steps include a Peace Treaty to end the Korean War, guarantees of its security sought by the DRPK, long-delayed diplomatic relations between the DPRK and the U.S. (possibly followed by Japan), and an end to the debilitating economic sanctions imposed by the UN, with economic aid extended to rebuild the North’s economy & infrastructure, central priorities of the DPRK regime?

With Korean Studies’ scholars Mark Caprio of Rikkyo University and David Satterwhite of Temple University Japan Campus, the ICAS panel seeks not only to assess current diplomatic developments, but to provide much-needed historical context to the enduring division, hair-trigger militarization, nuclear weapons’ programs and strategic deployment, and prospects for a paradigm shift from perpetual war to one geared to lasting peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.


“From Collective Responsibility to Collective Solution: The Shared History Korean Peninsula Crises,” presented by Dr. Mark E. Caprio.

“Clausewitz on His Head – A Paradigm Shift for Durable Peace on the Korean Peninsula,” presented by Dr. David H. Satterwhite.

Date & Time:
Thursday, February 21, 2019   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
1F Parliament student lounge, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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Kyle Cleveland (ICAS Associate Director)
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Mark E. Caprio

College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University

Mark E. Caprio is professor in the College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University. He earned his Ph.D. in Korean history at the University of Washington in 2001. His publications include Japanese Colonial Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945 (University of Washington Press, 2009). He has also edited two volumes on postwar occupation history in Japan. Additionally, he has published articles on the colonial-era, post-liberated Korea, and the North Korean nuclear crisis.

David H. Satterwhite

Asian Studies & Political Science, Temple University Japan Campus

David H. Satterwhite teaches in Asian Studies & Political Science at Temple University Japan Campus (where he also served on the Board of Overseers, 2004-13).  His Ph.D. was earned in Korean politics at the University of Washington in 1994, following a first career (1974-83) in support of the democratization effort in South Korea.  His publications, talks, & Korean Politics’ courses (including at TUJ) have sought a balanced understanding of Korea – North & South – and have pointed out the ongoing dangers of the dominant “Perpetual War” Paradigm still operative on the Korean Peninsula.