Department of International Relations Academic Lecture: From the Maximum Pressure on North Korea to the Maximum Summitry with North Korea: Any Role for the EU?



From the Maximum Pressure on North Korea to the Maximum Summitry with North Korea: Any Role for the EU?


Since the PyeongChang Olympic Games at the beginning of 2018, hopes have risen for a peaceful solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. Three inter-Korean summits, three China-DPRK summits and the Singapore Summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have taken place with a possible second Trump-Kim meeting to be scheduled in a near future. Yet these ups have been followed by various downs. How can the “peaceful momentum” be preserved? Has the most recent EU-ROK summit and South Korean President Moon’s tour around the European capitals contributed to any solutions? Can the EU make any difference? The lecture will look into these and other questions related to the role of the EU on the Korean Peninsula and in North East Asia.


Dr Tereza Novotna
Dr Tereza Novotna is a Fudan Fellow at Fudan University’s Centre for European Studies and was previously a Korea Foundation Visiting Professor at the EU Center at Seoul National University in South Korea. She is also an academic collaborator at the Department of International Relations at the Institute for European Studies, Université libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium and a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the EUROPEUM, Institute for European Policy, a Prague-based think tank. Her current research examines what role the EU could play in helping solve the North Korean crisis. Although Tereza's work focuses primarily on EU foreign policy, her broader research interests include EU enlargement, democratization and integration processes (in Europe and on the Korean peninsula), transatlantic relations and trade negotiations, and the politics of Central and Eastern Europe as well as Germany. Tereza received a Ph.D. in Politics and European Studies (2012) from Boston University and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from Charles University Prague. She is the author of the monograph How Germany Unified and the EU Enlarged: Negotiating the Accession through Transplantation and Adaptation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and a co-editor of the volume The Politics of Transatlantic Trade Negotiations: TTIP in a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2015). Her other research has been published in, among others, Journal of Common Market Studies, Studia Diplomatica, German Politics and Society, West European Politics, Perspectives, and Journal for Contemporary European Research as well as numerous policy and media outlets, including Washington Post, EurActiv, EU Observer, The Conversation, and others. She has also practical experience of EU foreign policy from working for the European Commission, DG RELEX/EEAS, the EU Delegation in Washington, DC and the Czech Permanent Representation to the EU.