A Historic Step for the Two Koreas – April 29, 2018

Perspective with Alison Smith

A Historic Step for the Two Koreas – April 29, 2018

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: A Historic Step for the Two Koreas

Josh Smith, a senior correspondent for Reuters, describes the atmosphere on the ground at the summit between the leaders of North and South Korea.

Katharine Moon, political science professor at Wellesley College, comments on the significance of the meeting and what the next steps might be for reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.

Michelle Cho, Korea Foundation assistant professor in the department of East Asian studies at McGill University, talks about the role K-pop might have had leading up to the summit.

Mieko Nakabayashi, a former member of Japan’s House of Representatives who is now a professor at Waseda University, discusses how the meeting was received in Japan and what that might mean for future Northeast Asian relations.


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).