Public Symposium on Inter-Korean Relations and Australian Foriegn Policy


“The Cooperation between Korea and Australia for the Establishment of a Peaceful Order in the Korean Peninsula”



The Korean peninsula entered an important period in 2008, in its progress in the inter-Korean relations and the establishment of a peaceful international environment for the Korean peninsula.

It is widely acknowledged that the two Koreas have entered an era of rapprochement and cooperation through the inter-Korean talks following the 2nd summit meeting between the two Koreas. The nuclear issues have also found good prospects for the solution through the six-party talks and the meeting between North Korea and the US. As the leader of the new government Myong-Bak Lee has taken a rather critical approach towards the sunshine policy, the tension between two Koreas have become intensified compared to the that of previous leaders Dae-joong Kim and Mu-hyun Roh

Although, commentators reported that the relationship between North Korea and the US is likely to improve, considering that this is the final year of the Bush administration, who holds one of the critical keys along with South Korea to the solution of the North Korean nuclear issue, what the future holds for US-Korea relation is somewhat ‘wait and see’.

Consequently, if the government of South Korea and the US take a strong stance, contrary to the ‘Sunshine Policy’, the progress in the North Korean nuclear issues and the inter-Korean relations might witness a substantial setback, and in turn make a negative influence on the stability of the peninsular and the establishment of the peaceful regional security.

In this context, this symposium is scheduled in August 2008, which will be six months after the inauguration of the President Lee and three months before the presidential election in the US. The prospective participants will include Foreign Affairs ministers of South Korea and Australia and leading scholars and experts in the inter-Korean issues. This symposium will make significant contributions to the policy formation not only in Korea, but also in Australia.

Australia has established diplomatic relations with both Koreas. Unlike John Howard, the new leader Kevin Rudd will be reluctant to support the policy that Australia shall be the closest ally of the US, but will be closer to China and other Asian region. Therefore, Australian participation in the East Asian international relations will take a different stance.

This symposium is expected to be attended by the Australian and Korean policy makers of the policies towards Northeast Asia, and leading academics and business communities. Therefore, the outcomes of the symposium are expected to make important contributions towards the future Australian policy towards the Korean Peninsula.


  • DATE
    1 August, 2008
    The Grand Ballroom

Sheraton on the Park Hotel, Sydney

161 Elizabeth Street


  • COST

Registration is FREE

Complimentary A La Carte Luncheon will be served for all attendees

    National Unification Advisory Council of the Republic of Korea, Oceania Chapter


Korea-Australasia Research Centre


RSVP required for this event

Registration closes

Friday, 25 July, 2008 for public registration (Extended from Friday 18 July, 2008)

Tuesday, 29 July, 2008 for UNSW staff & students

Conference Co-ordinator
Ms. Anne Ke (Email:
Korea-Australasia Research Centre


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