Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

“It’s the Americans, stupid!” Making sense of the latest Korean Crisis

Guest Speaker: Dr Tim Beal

Event Date: Tuesday 28th May 2013
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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Tim Beal says the media focuses on North Korea on the mistaken assumption that Pyongyang is the sole cause of the current crisis. He says things are more complex than that. To paraphrase Bill Clinton, “It’s the Americans, stupid!”  Or to be more accurate, we can only understand what is going on if we examine current events within the context of the geopolitical interplay between the main actors. That means the two Koreas, Japan, Russia, China, and the most powerful one of them all, the United States.

Tim Beal’s latest book on Korea, Crisis in Korea: America, China, and the Risk of War, was published by Pluto Press in 2011. Writing in The Listener, Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley of Auckland University called it ‘an eye-opener ‘ – ‘Tim Beal is New Zealand’s, and probably Australasia’s, leading expert on North Korea. … America-sceptics will find much to agree with. The America-tolerant will be bemused, even affronted. All will be better informed’.

 

 

 

 

 

Bell Gully

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