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Book Launch | Korea: A New History of South & North

July 24, 2023 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT

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Please join the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for a discussion of Victor Cha and Ramon Pacheco Pardo's new book, Korea: A New History of South & North. 

Korea has a long, riveting history—it is also a divided nation. South Korea is a vibrant democracy, the tenth largest economy, and is home to a world-renowned culture. North Korea is ruled by the most authoritarian regime in the world, a poor country in a rich region, and is best known for the cult of personality surrounding the ruling Kim family. But both Koreas share a unique common history.
Victor Cha and Ramon Pacheco Pardo draw on decades of research to explore the history of modern Korea, from the late nineteenth century, Japanese occupation, and Cold War division to the present day. A small country caught amongst the world’s largest powers—including China, Japan, Russia, and the United States—Korea’s fate has been closely connected to its geography and the strength of its leadership and society. This comprehensive history sheds light on the evolving identities of the two Koreas, explaining the sharp differences between North and South, and prospects for unification.

This event is made possible through general support to CSIS. 

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Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
Christine Kim Head shot
Associate Professor of Teaching in the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University
July 24, 2023 • 4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT
Book Launch | Korea: A New History of South & North