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Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 09:00 to 13:30

Seminar organized jointly by NIAS and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea

This event celebrates 60 years of diplomatic relations between Denmark and the Republic of Korea, and aims to enhance understanding of the current security situation on the Korean peninsula, in the wider context of development cooperation and the role of Europe.


9:00-9:10Opening remarks by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, and Director of NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
9.10-10:30Session 1: Presentation on current situation on the Korean Peninsula
Chair: Geir Helgesen (NIAS/SOAS)
Camilla Tenna Nørup Sørensen (Royal Danish Defence College)
Hyun-wook Kim (Korea National Diplomatic Academy)
Each presentation will be followed by Q&A
10:30-10:40Coffee break
10:40-12:00Session 2: Roundtable on engaging the international community with the Korean Peninsula issue
Chair: Andrea Bøje Forsby (NIAS)
Ian Bowers (Royal Danish Defence College)
Sabine Burghart (University of Turku)
Geir Helgesen  (NIAS/SOAS)
The roundtable will be followed by Q&A
12:00-13:30Networking and lunch

    Participation is open to the public, but please register with before 1 November 2019

    Time: 6 November 2019, 9:00-13:30
    Venue: Asia House, Indiakaj 16, 2100 København


    FES Film Migration and Development

    Nias guest researcher Bonn Juego participated in a conference on "Migration and Development: Global Perspectives, Progressive Approaches" organized by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung early December 2016.

    Short videos of the conference have been made


    Wilson Center CONTEXT: Who Owns the Arctic? Part I

    NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami participated in the international panel of experts at the "Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters" at The Wilson Center, Washington DC. 

    Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region.

    In part 1 of this series, “Focus on the Arctic,” an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.


    Heather Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Marlene Laruelle, George Washington University
    Robert Huebert, University of Calgary
    Willy Østreng, Norwegian Academy of Polar Research
    Aki Tonami, University of Copenhagen
    Anne-Marie Brady, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    More information here.


    Presentations from Stig Toft Madsen, NIAS, recent visit to India

    Senior Research Fellow at NIAS Stig Toft Madsen has travelled in India recently to follow the elections.

    While in India, Stig also gave several interviews and presentations, below you can find the links to a couple of these.

    Talk at Nehru Memorial in New Delhi on the farmers’ movement and globalization in Karnataka. To listen to the presentation, please click here

    Interviewed for the program called Indian Standard Time by Jyoti Malhotra on Rajya Sabha TV. The interview is available on Youtube, click here

    NIAS researcher Aki Tonami gives presentation at Arctic 2014

    On May 21 2014 Aki Tonami gave a presentation at the "Arctic 2014: Who Gets a Voice and Why It Matters"
    at The Wilson Center, Washington DC.

    The event was co-hosted under the Wilson Center’s new Polar Initiative by the Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Asia Program, Canada Institute, China Environment Forum, Kennan Institute, and Global Europe Program and featured analyses analyses by:

    Ms. Heather A. Conley, Center for Strategic & International Studies, on U.S. Arctic Policies
    Dr. Marlène Laruelle, George Washington University, on Russia’s Arctic Policies
    Dr. Robert Huebert, University of Calgary, on Canada’s Arctic Policies:
    Mr. Willy Østreng, Norwegian Academy of Polar Research, on the Arctic Policies of Nordic states
    Dr. Aki Tonami, University of Copenhagen, on Arctic policies of Korea, Japan and Singapore
    Dr. Anne-Marie Brady, Woodrow Wilson Center and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, on China’s Arctic Policies

    To see the presentation,  please follow the link (Aki Tonami's presentations starts 1.10 in)

    NNC Conference and Ph.D Course - Soenderborg 2013

    The 7th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference was hosted by University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Sønderborg 4–8 November 2013. The theme for the conference was ”The Power of Knowledge: Asia and the West”. It was co-organized by SDU’s Negot in Chinese/Institute of Design and Communication at University of Southern Denmark, and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS).


    New publication by NIAS researchers

    Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami have written "Japan og Singapore i Arktis: Overvejelser for Grønland", TIDSSKRIFTET GRØNLAND, 1/2013, pp.2-17.

    There is a growing awareness in the Nordic region of Asia’s increased interest in the Arctic region and Arctic affairs, including in relation to Greenland. However, with the possible exception of China, there has been little Western scholarly work to analyze exactly why Asian countries are interested in the Arctic. Looking at the Arctic engagement of Japan and Singapore, this paper finds that their interest in the Polar Regions is not necessarily a new phenomenon and that Arctic policy, as with the development of other foreign policy objectives, is a complex mix of national, bureaucratic and group interests. For Greenlandic and Danish policymakers, it may be useful to understand the genesis of Japan and Singapore’s Arctic policies and that their interest is complex and multi-faceted.

    To read more, please follow the link

    Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy

    NIAS Researcher Aki Tonami has written a blog  article for the Arctic Institute, Review: Arctic Governance and Japan’s Foreign Strategy.

    To read the full blog, please follow the link

    Interview with NIAS researcher Min Dongchao

    Professor Min Dongchao is being interviwed by Mai Corlin, Ph.D. student, Aarhus University for

    Gender inequality is not simply the unfair treatment of men and women. It is a complex issue tied to a whole range of disparities in society at large, argues Professor Min Dongchao, who has just been awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship and will be a guest professor at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies for the next few years. Her object of study is the travels of gender theory between the Nordic countries and China.

    To read the full interview, click here

    Japan's Arctic policy: The sum of many parts

    NIAS researcher Aki Tonami on 19 February 2013 participated in the "Stockholm Arctic Seminar: Asian Arctic expansion? Non-Arctic states and the Arctic Council" where she presented the paper "Japan's Arctic policy: the sum of many parts".