After Kim Jong-Il: America and the Two Koreas
What will the leadership change in North Korea mean for the future of America’s relationship with the two Koreas, for denuclearization or the reunification of the Korean peninsula?


“In the Asia Pacific in the 21st century, the United States of America is all in.”

That was President Obama, speaking to the Australian Parliament this past November. As the United States refocuses its foreign policy and sets its sights on Asia, a drama is unfolding in North Korea.

The sudden death of Kim Jong-Il and the succession to power of his young and inexperienced son has raised questions about Korea’s future and put the world on edge. What will the leadership change in North Korea mean for the future of America’s relationship with the two Koreas, for denuclearization or the reunification of the Korean peninsula?

Daniel Shin reports on how the generational divide between South Koreans impacts their attitudes towards the North.
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Ray Suarez looks back at the more than 60 years of American involvement on the Korean peninsula.
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Lisa Schroeder talks to North Korean defectors living in Seoul to hear their insights into the recent leadership change in North Korea and their hopes for the future of the country they left behind.
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Clinton Administration officials look back at the negotiations leading to the 1994 nuclear agreement with North Korea.
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Ray Suarez talks to Victor Cha from Georgetown University and Scott Snyder from the Council on Foreign Relations about what Kim Jong-Il’s death will mean for future relations between America and the two Koreas.
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Video Extra

Adam Johnson started writing about North Korea because of a fascination with propaganda and the way it prescribes an official narrative to an entire people.

AAM interviews Johnson, author of the novel, “The Orphan Master's Son.” The novel follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea.

Check out his photos from North Korea on Flickr »


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Victor Cha
Dr. Cha returned to Georgetown in the fall 2007 after public service leave from the University since 2004, serving as a Director for Asian Affairs at the White House, National Security Council. At the NSC, he was responsible for Japan, the two Koreas, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations. Dr. Cha also served as the U.S. Deputy Head of Delegation for the Six Party Talks.
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Scott A. Snyder
Scott Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Snyder's program examines South Korea's efforts to contribute on the international stage; its potential influence and contributions as a middle power in East Asia; and the peninsular, regional, and global implications of North Korean instability.
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After Kim Jong-Il: America and the Two Koreas / Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / Produced by: Monica Bushman, Lisa Schroeder, Daniel Shin (News Reporter for TBS eFM News), and Flawn Williams / Additional production assistance from Robert Frazier at Monitor Studios / Web Producer: Javier Barrera / Photo: AP Images

Host: Ray Suarez / Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: February 2012

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