North and South Korea in the Context of the US Military Empire in the Asia-Pacific


September 12, 2021 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

This talk will examine the two Koreas in the context of the US military empire in East Asia and tie the discussion to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Many reporters have called Afghanistan America’s longest war, but they forget that the US has been at war in Korea for over 70 years. Yet in the wake of the US collapse in the Middle East, President Biden has said that “there’s a fundamental difference” between Afghanistan and South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. What does that mean?  Tim sees that statement as an indication that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan enhances the strategic value of the US allies in the Asia region. As a Korean analyst recently noted, “The Korean Peninsula and the Asian region consist of the core of American national interests.” Our speaker agrees, and will explain why.

Our speaker, Tim Shorrock, is a Washington-based journalist and the author of the 2008 book Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. He grew up in Japan and South Korea, where his parents worked as Christian relief workers after World War II and the Korean War. He is well-known in Korea for revealing, in 1996, the secret background role played by the Carter administration in the Korean military’s suppression of the Gwangju Citizens Uprising in 1980. For the past 38 years, he has been a correspondent for The Nation, one of America’s oldest political magazines, and over the past four years has been closely covering the Korea peace and denuclearization process involving the US and the two Koreas. In 2015, he was named an honorary citizen of the city of Gwangju in recognition of his stories about the 1980 uprising.


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