In this presentation at the Melbourne Metropolitan Korean Studies Seminar Series on Friday 12th October 2018, I gave a conceptual introduction to my ongoing research into environmentalism and sustainability transition […]
Last week’s fifth inter-Korean summit provided another round of iconic moments in a year of extraordinary drama in Korean Peninsula politics. From Moon Jae-in’s address at the Arirang Mass […]
The upcoming “will they—won’t they” US-DPRK summit, either by accident or by design, has the potential to re-set the strategic atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula…but only if Washington and Pyongyang […]
In the wake of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s meeting Tuesday with US President Donald Trump, it’s worth reflecting on the remarkable role he’s played in facilitating the opening for […]
In this presentation, Ben Habib examines the recent inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In this guest lecture for the subject Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia (AST3CIA) in the Asian Studies program at La Trobe University, I examine the relationship between the Candlelight democracy […]
There has been much media conjecture over what exactly the two parties have agreed to at the Panmunjom summit. It is therefore worth examining the declaration article-by-article to ascertain what is and isn’t on the table.
This week’s high-stakes summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heralds a new period of negotiations in which regional states attempt to manage a northeast Asian security environment that includes a nuclear North Korea.
From 26th June – 9th July 2017 I co-facilitated an environment and sustainability-themed study tour to South Korea with undergraduate students from La Trobe University. This is the third iteration […]
This playlist contains select lecture material from Dr Benjamin Habib’s undergraduate subject “Contemporary Politics of Northeast Asia” (POL2CPA) at La Trobe University. This subject examines key issues in the international […]
The research achievements of La Trobe University academics working in Asian societies and partnerships was presented today at the La Trobe Asia Research Showcase. Academics, including myself, presented our research […]
In my third and final piece on urban green spaces in Seoul, I would like to talk further about my new favourite place in the city: Seoul Forest. Reclaimed from […]
There are some magical green spaces across the metropolitan area of Seoul. These shoots of green temper the brutality of concrete and steel in the city’s urban environment. While the […]
The post-colonial development of modern Korea, on both sides of the DMZ, is an epic story. On Thursday 18th September 2014, I shared my interpretation of this story in a guest lecture for second-year […]
The host countries of major sporting tournaments like the FIFA World Cup are usually obsessed with the international status and prestige that comes with hosting these events. More interesting however […]
Welcome to the second instalment of the La Trobe International Relations Association (LIRA) podcast, featuring Dr Benjamin Habib in conversation with host Jim Skulley and panelists Declan Sullivan and Sherry-Rose Bih. In this […]
The story of the making of modern Korea since the late-nineteenth century is an epic tale. On Thursday 24th October, 2013, I had the pleasure of sharing my interpretation of […]
My interview on Radio Australia this morning with Liam Cochrane on Connect Asia… *** Listen to interview here *** — North Korea attention seeking from region in transition (Credit: ABC) […]
BY BEN HABIB. On Monday 7th May 2012, I delivered a guest lecture entilted Korea: A Fractured Nation to second and third year students studying the subject Contemporary Politics of the Asia-Pacific Region (POL2/3CPA) at La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus. The content of this lecture, along with other lectures in this subject, will form the basis for an international conflict negotiation simulation workshop structured around a hypothetical security crisis on the Korean peninsula.
BY BEN HABIB. The technical aspects of the failed Unha-3 rocket launch are less interesting than the political undercurrents swirling around this event. The rocket’s explosion has spared the United States and its regional allies some loss of face while for North Korea, it represents a missed opportunity for Pyongyang to maximise its diplomatic and strategic leverage, over and above any threat to Kim Jong-un’s legitimacy as leader.