North Korea After 2018 Summits

The beginning of the year 2018 was marked by significant events which changed the situation on the Korean Peninsula. What's New after the summits in Panmunjeom, Singapore and Pyongyang?

The lecturer Sergei O. Kurbanov.

These were the Pyeongchang Olympic Games to which North Korea has sent its team. These were the inter-Korean and North Korean-American summits, and the North Korean steps for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The question is how far North Korea intends to go on the way of denuclearization and peaceful unification of Korea. The answer to this question may be found in radical changes which North Korea is now undergoing.

Prof. S.O. Kurbanov has last visited North Korea in 2016 and 2018. During his latest visit he has discovered new trends which clearly indicate that North Korea is ready for peace and denuclearization as long as the U.S. and the world community are ready to support North Korean initiatives.

The presentation by S.O. Kurbanov will contain many photos and videos proving his statements.


Prof. Sergei O. Kurbanov is a full-time professor of the Faculty of Asian and African Studies of the St.-Petersburg State University, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Study of Korea (

His Ph.D. thesis (1992) described the Korean land tenure system of the Koryŏ period (tenth to fourteenth centuries) based on comparison between privately and officially published Korean medieval history texts. The Habilitation thesis (2005) presented the first Russian translation of the Confucian classic Book of Filial Piety and an analysis of a large number of Korean medieval and modern texts on Confucian morals.

He has published more than 100 works (including 5 monographs) about Korean history (medieval, modern, contemporary), philosophy, modern politics and economics of North and South Korea. He has been teaching more than 25 university disciplines covering various fields of Korean Studies.

Published Oct. 23, 2018 1:47 PM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2018 1:47 PM