The FRS-KF Korea Program on Security and Diplomacy, led by Antoine Bondaz, aims to improve understanding of the main issues on the Korean peninsula through the organization of conferences and the publication of interviews with leading Korean policy makers and experts. This program is not limited to inter-Korean relations alone and aims to address South Korea more broadly as a global power on the international scene.
The Korean peninsula is more than ever at the heart of Asia and the heart of the world. The stakes are numerous, from the North Korean non-proliferation crisis to the affirmation of Chinese power, maritime security and cyber security. They go beyond the purely security dimension, as South Korea's interests are now global.
In 70 years, the country has become a leading economic power and a strong liberal democracy. As a member of the G20 and the OECD, the 13th largest financial contributor to the UN and an observer state of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, South Korea is a key player in our relations with Asia. This is reflected in the "Global Partnership" signed with France and the "Strategic Partnership" with the European Union signed in 2004 and 2010 respectively.
This program is co-funded by the Korea Foundation.