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. In his lecture Bruce Cumings will do the same for North Korea.

Please rsvp to at latest 24 October 2017.

Bruce Cumings teaches modern Korean history, international history, and East Asian political economy at the University of Chicago, where he is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor and the chairman of the History Department. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1975. He is the author of the two-volume study, The Origins of the Korean WarWar and Television Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern HistoryParallax Visions: Making Sense of American—East Asian RelationsNorth Korea: Another Country. He is also the co-author of Inventing the Axis of Evil and is the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation-funded Foreign Area Fellows program, NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council. In 2009, he published Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power, which was ranked as one of the top 25 books of that year by the Atlantic Monthly. The Random House Modern Library published his short book, The Korean War: A History in 2010. He is also contracted to publish a single-volume synoptic edition of The Origins of the Korean War and is working on a book on current US foreign relations.

The lecture is co-organized by the Department of Economic History, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the Forum for Asian Studies at Stockholm University.