October 09, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Young What Kihl will give the talk, "North Korea-U.S. Relations: The Diplomacy of Denuclearization," on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Carnegie 208 at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the University's MacArthur Chair programming with support from the departments of political science, international relations, and East Asian studies.

"Professor Kihl is a leading scholar on North Korea," said Zhiqun Zhu, associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell, who also serves as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in East Asian Politics at the University.

"In his talk, he will examine the importance of denuclearization of North Korea, not only to the United States and East Asia but also to the world, and he will explain why the U.S.-North Korea relationship has been one of mutual hostility and diplomatic estrangement," he said.

A visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Kihl is professor of political science emeritus at Iowa State University and serves as editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Korean Studies.

He is the author of several books on Asian security and Korean politics, including North Korea: The Politics of Regime Survival with co-editor Hong N. Kim; Transforming Korean Politics: Democracy, Reform, and Culture; Peace and Security in Northeast Asia: The Nuclear Issue and the Korean Peninsula with co-editor Peter Hayes; and Korea and the World: Beyond the Cold War.

Kihl, who received his doctorate in politics from New York University, is the recipient of many teaching awards. He also has served as a distinguished visiting professor and Fulbright Professor at several universities in South Korea.

Contact: Division of Communications


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