Ambassador Lecture Series | Korea-India Relations and the Situation on the Korean Peninsula
On Tuesday, 23 April 2019,
the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted H E Dr Shin Bong-kil, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, for his remarks on ‘Korea-India Relations and
Situation on Korean Peninsula’, in the latest interaction under the aegis of IPCS’ Ambassador Lecture Series.
The interaction was chaired by Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra, Associate Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, & Visiting Fellow and Columnist, IPCS, and took place from 1530-1700 hrs in the IPCS Conference Room.
Opening Remarks by the Chair
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra
Associate Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, & Visiting Fellow and Columnist, IPCS.
‘Korea-India Relations and Situation on Korean Peninsula’
H E Dr Shin Bong-kil
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India
H E Dr Shin Bong-kil is the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India. A career diplomat, he joined the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1978 and has a long and distinguished career spanning over four decades. Some of his recent postings include Special Advisor at the Office of Planning for the North Korean Light-Water Reactor Project (2002-2003); Spokesperson for the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003-2004); Minister at the Korean Embassy in Beijing, China (2004-2007); Ambassador to Jordan (2007-2010); Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat of China, Japan, and Korea (2011-2013) and the President of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (2014-15). He retired from the Foreign Ministry in 2015, following which he taught China and Korean peninsula issues at Graduate School of International Studies in Yonsei University. He was appointed as Ambassador to India in January 2018 after Korea’s new Moon Jae-in government took office in May 2017. He has a keen interest in regional affairs of the East Asia. Given his expertise in the regional affairs, he has been involved many times in issues related to North Korea, China and Japan. He also visited North Korea several times during the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization mission to solve the North Korean Nuclear issue. Ambassador Shin holds an MA and PhD in North Korean Studies from the University of North Korean Studies in Korea.
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra is an Associate Professor, Centre for East Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Delhi from 2004 to 2016. He is Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) and the Institute of Chinese Studies. He has also been Visiting Fellow, Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Kim Dae-jung Presidential Library and Museum, Institute for Far East Studies, Kyungnam University, Sejong Institute, Northeast Asia History Foundation, and Korean Institute for International Economic Policy. His research focuses and interests pertain to the Korean Peninsula in East Asia, East Asian Security issues, the North Korean Nuclear Issue, and India in East Asia. He authors a monthly column, titled, ‘East Asia Compass’ for the IPCS and The Korea Times. He has written for national and international dailies, is a regular commentator and panellist on East Asian affairs in Indian and international broadcast media and symposia, and has several academic publications to his credit. He has a Masters degree in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and obtained his MPhil and PhD degrees from the same institution.