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Road to the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

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The second Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) will be held in Seoul, South Korea, on March 26-27, 2012. This summit, officially named “The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit,” will be the largest such meeting held in Korea in modern Korean history, just as the 2010 session was the largest summit ever held in Washington, DC.

This paper looks at South Korean and international efforts to prepare for the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit and tries to answer the following questions: Why was Korea chosen as the second host state? What are the goals and significance of the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit? What will be on the agenda, inherited and new, at the 2012 meeting and how was the Seoul Communiqué prepared? How has South Korea been preparing for this summit and its parallel events—the 2012 Nuclear Security Symposium for nongovernment organizations and the Nuclear Industry Summit? Finally, will there be more summits after a third meeting in 2014?

Bong-geun Jun is a Professor and the Director of the Center for Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) based in Seoul, South Korea. Before joining IFANS, Dr. Jun held the following government and NGO positions: Policy Advisor to the Minister of Unification from 2003 to 2004; Visiting Scholar at Keio University in Tokyo from 2001 to 2002; Secretary to the President for international security affairs at the Presidential Office from 1993 to 1997; and professional staff at KEDO New York headquarters from 1997 to 2001. Dr. Jun was a visiting scholar at Asia Foundation Center for US-Korea Policy in Washington, DC in 2010. His research area covers the North Korean nuclear issue, inter-Korean relations, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and energy policies. Dr. Jun received a B.A. and M.A. in political science from Seoul National University in 1982 and 1984 respectively, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 1992.

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