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Mount Union to Host Guest Lecturer

April 9, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union will host a roundtable discussion on the topic, “North Korea after Kim Jong-il” at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Room 100 of Tolerton and Hood Hall on Mount Union’s campus.

The discussion will feature a three-member panel including Dr. Quansheng Zhao, professor of international relations and director of the Center for Asian Studies at American University in Washington, D.C., as well as Mount Union professors Dr. Francis Schortgen, assistant professor of political science and international studies and Dr. Liangwu Yin, associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program.

The unexpected death of North Korea’s ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-il has rekindled intense debates about the future of North Korean regime and regional stability. Panel presenters will discuss the prospects of a domestic power struggle in North Korea and the possibility of North Korea rejoining the nuclear Six-Party talks and the possibility of reunification of the two Koreas.

The roundtable event is sponsored by Mount Union’s Department of Political Science and International Studies and Asian Studies Program and is free and open to the public.

Additionally, Zhao will present a lecture, “A Critical Shift of U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Asia-Pacific,” at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Dewald Chapel at Mount Union. Zhao is a specialist in international relations and comparative politics focusing on East Asia, and is the author of Interpreting Chinese Foreign Policy and Japanese Policymaking. His most recent book is Managing the China Challenge: Perspectives from the Globe. Zhao’s books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He has also testified at the U.S. Congress on China’s economic development and served as a consultant for the United Nations.

The lecture is sponsored by Mount Union’s Center for Global Education, Department of History and Asian Studies Program. 

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