Hiram College

Since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un signed an agreement to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula last month, many wonder what will stick. Merose Hwang, Ph.D., associate professor of history, will join Steven Hook, Ph.D., professor of political science at Kent State University, to probe this topic on Tuesday, July 10. Presented by the City Club of Cleveland, their discussion takes place from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at The Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland.

Now, nearly a month past the summit in Singapore, “people are wondering what concrete things might manifest from this,” says Dr. Hwang. She notes that while a lasting peaceful relationship between the U.S. and North Korea and denuclearization of the Asian country is yet to be seen, one positive outcome of the summit is the return of remains of American soldiers from the Korean War.

“Plus, the fact that there is more intelligent, substantial news in popular media is really telling to me. Why North Koreans think the Korean War (hence the Cold War) has not ended, Americans just didn’t think much about these things before,” Dr. Hwang says.

From a historical perspective, strategic actions such as having a sitting U.S. president sign a peace agreement with the North Korean leader, discussing ending joint military exercises, allowing inter-Korean initiatives to take center stage, things which couldn’t be considered before, were also put into place, Dr. Hwang says.

The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and a reduction of American troops in South Korea offer new opportunities for North Korea to work with the U.S. on diplomacy.  Still, the future remains uncertain.

Join Drs. Hwang and Hook for this important discussion. To attend the event or watch it live online, visit Happy Dog Takes on the World: Korean Peace Process..