The Two Koreas – March 19, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

The Two Koreas – March 19, 2017

This week, Perspective with Alison Smith examines the two Koreas: Tensions on the Korean Peninsula – implications for peace and security.

Alison speaks with Jonathan Cheng, Seoul-based journalist for the Wall Street Journal, about the political situation the ground in South Korea.

Jean Lee, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center, talks to Alison about the implications for peace and security in the region in the wake of news about developments in North Korea’s development of its nuclear program.

Kang Chol-hwan, a North Korean defector and President of the North Korea Strategy Center, discusses his experience as a prisoner in a North Korean detainment camp.

Alison talks to Tina Park, co-founder of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, about Korea-Canada relations.

Jack Kim, founder of HanVoice, discusses the role that his organization plays in advocating on behalf of human rights for North Koreans.

Finally, we from Austin Hyeon, a North Korean defector who is now a student at Columbia University about his escape from North Korea when he was just a boy.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).