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Breakfast Briefing - Security on the Korean Peninsula: Continuity and Change

27 March 2019, 8:15
RUSI Whitehall
Major Corporate Level Members and Above
An exclusive breakfast briefing by Tom Plant, Director, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme, RUSI.

One of the stories of 2018 has been how a situation on the Korean peninsula that came so close to conflict in the late stages of 2017 has been turned into a tale of two processes: one, the US-DPRK dialogue, which focusses mainly on the nuclear and missile issues; and another, the ROK-DPRK dialogue, that places a greater emphasis on inter-Korean relations and military risk reduction. At times this dynamic has led the US and ROK into some tension, despite efforts on both sides to maintain alliance unity. At the same time, the DPRK has continued to advance its weapons programmes and consolidate its fledgling nuclear deterrent under the cover of these processes.

In this breakfast briefing, Tom will review developments in these diplomatic processes and in the broader security environment around the Korean peninsula, and will cover the prospects for the region in the year ahead.

Tom Plant joined RUSI in June 2017 as the Director of its Proliferation and Nuclear Policy programme.  His research interests include nuclear deterrence, arms control, proliferation issues – particularly in relation to North Korea – and UK nuclear policy. He is also Director of the UK Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), a cross-generational network of over 900 members which encourages young scholars and professionals to engage with established experts on contemporary nuclear issues. Before joining RUSI he was a Principal Specialist at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), where he was responsible for technical oversight of arms control verification research programmes, including collaborations and exchanges with counterparts in China, Norway, Sweden and the US. Prior to that he held various posts at the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, mostly focussed on non- and counter-proliferation issues in East Asia and the Middle East. During this time, he spent a year seconded to King’s College London as a Research Fellow, working on a UK-funded project in support of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and remains a Visiting Senior Research Fellow with The Policy Institute at King’s. He holds a Masters in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Postgraduate Certificate in Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.

These briefings are open to Major Corporate Level Members and above and please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 0800.

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Major Corporate Level Members and Above

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