The sources of North Korean conduct

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Lingnan University

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Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme 2017-18

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Public Lecture




4:30 p.m.


Lam Woo Lecture Theatre (MBG06), Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building, Lingnan University, Tuen Mun


In 1947 George F. Kennan published the famous “X” article in the journal Foreign Affairs, outlining his containment doctrine and his long-term prognosis for the Soviet Union. Professor Bruce Cumings will do the same for North Korea, and ask whether with its new nuclear capabilities, the North can also be contained over the long term.



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Professor Bruce Cumings is an influential expert on Korean history and Asian affairs. He was formerly the chair of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and currently holds the position of Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College at the University of Chicago. His research covers the fields of modern Korean history, twentieth-century international history, US-East Asian relations, East Asian political economy, and American foreign relations. He is the author of numerous books, including The Origins of the Korean War, which won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association and the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association. His articles have appeared in many academic journals. In addition, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and is the recipient of fellowships from numerous foundations.

Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme 2017-18, Lingnan University

The public lecture was part of the “Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme” established in 1999 with the generous endowment given by Dr Vincent Woo Wing-fai. The Programme provides funding for the University to invite an internationally renowned scholar to stay on campus for a week each year to give a public lecture, hold seminars with staff and students, and give advice to various academic departments.



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Cumings, B. (2018). The sources of North Korean conduct [Video podcast]. Retrieved from