A successful BAJS Conference in Sheffield

The School of East Asian Studies welcomed over 200 Japanese culture, politics, economics, business and society experts to Sheffield earlier this month for the triannual British Association for Japanese Studies Conference (BAJS 2018). Titled ‘Crisis, what Crisis? Continuity and Change in Japan’, BAJS 2018 brought scholars from across the globe together for 3 days to…

A review of “Diplomacy for Korean Neutrality and Buffer Zones: Modern History & Implications”, a SEAS public seminar by Dr. Seung-Young Kim

By Hyeonjun Kim, PhD student, School of East Asian Studies As tension from North Korea’s missile crisis and anxiety among its neighbouring countries emerge, questions on the regional situation surrounding the Korean Peninsula are gaining global attention. The lecture of Dr. Seung-young Kim, held on the 12th of October in the Arts Tower, gave us a chance…

China’s grand geopolitical project threatens a new East-West divide in Europe

Małgorzata Jakimów, University of Sheffield The recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing ushered in a new phase in China’s global repositioning. In his opening speech China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive investment project launched in 2013 to dramatically expand land and sea trade across…

Four challenges for Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in victorious on May 9, 2017. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon Markus Bell, University of Sheffield and Marco Milani, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Democrat Moon Jae-in is the new president of South Korea. Moon, a former special forces soldier turned human rights lawyer, won a snap…

Should we really be so afraid of a nuclear North Korea?

By Dr Markus Bell, Lecturer in Korean and Japanese Studies, SEAS, in collaboration with Marco Milani, University of Southern California The common thinking is that North Korea’s nuclear programme poses a threat to global peace and diverts economic resources from an impoverished population. North Korean leaders are depicted in the Western media as a cabal of…