[Webcast] From KL with Love: North Korea-Malaysia Relations

National Committee on North Korea & East-West Center in Washington


June 1, 2021, 9:30 am EDT to 10:15 pm EDT

The National Committee on North Korea and the East-West Center in Washington invite you to the
North Korea in the World Webinar Series:

 From KL with Love: North Korea-Malaysia Relations


Dr. Chiew-Ping Hoo
Senior Lecturer, Strategic Studies and International Relations Program,
National University of Malaysia (UKM)

Mr. Ross Tokola (Moderator)
Executive Associate to the Director,
East-West Center in Washington

Mr. Keith Luse (Opening Remarks)
Executive Director,
National Committee on North Korea


Please join the National Committee on North Korea and the East-West Center in Washington for a North Korea in the World webinar on North Korea-Malaysia relations, featuring Dr. Chiew-Ping Hoo of the National University of Malaysia.

In March 2021, North Korea severed diplomatic relations with Malaysia, breaking ties with a country that until a few years previously had been on friendly terms with Pyongyang. In this North Korea in the World webinar, we’ll talk with Dr. Chiew-Ping Hoo about the history of North Korea’s relations with Malaysia, and the scope of the country’s relationship in recent years. The discussion will take a close look at the Kim Jong Nam assassination and its aftermath, and look at how it changed the scope of this relationship, culminating with Malaysia’s 2021 extradition of a DPRK businessman to the US and Pyongyang’s subsequent decision to cut diplomatic ties.

This North Korea in the World webinar is the second in a series examining North Korea’s historical and contemporary relations with countries in the Global South. The North Korea in the World project is a joint initiative of the National Committee on North Korea and the East-West Center in Washington; the NorthKoreaInTheWorld.org website collects and curates information and data on North Korea’s external economic and diplomatic relations.

This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on both Zoom and YouTube.

To RSVP, please click here: www.eastwestcenter.org/Zf3



Upon registering for this webinar, you will then receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please check your Spam folder. If you still do not see the email within 24 hours or have other questions please email Mrs. Sarah Wang at [email protected]. The confirmation email will provide you with a unique link to join the seminar. Do not share this with anyone else.

As an Attendee in a Zoom Webinar, your microphone will be muted and video turned off from the start of the presentation to cut down on noise interference and to maintain security. Webinar attendees will be welcome to ask questions via the Q&A box throughout the discussion.

NOTE: If you are planning to watch the seminar via the YouTube livestream or call in on a phone without smart capabilities, you will not be able to participate in the Q&A session. Should you watch on YouTube, YouTube comments will be disabled. If you have a question, please email Mrs. Sarah Wang at [email protected].


Dr. Chiew-Ping Hoo is Senior Lecturer in the Strategic Studies and International Relations Program at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). She is concurrently co-founder and co-convener of the East Asia and International Relations (EAIR) Caucus at UKM. She was 2017 Shangri-la Dialogue’s Southeast Asian Young Leaders Programme (SEAYLP) Associate Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS-Asia). Chiew-Ping was also Korea Foundation Field Research Fellow at Seoul National University in 2010, and Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) research fellow in 2011. Her main research interests include South Korean foreign policy, North Korean provocations, IR theory, and Korea-Southeast Asia relations. She is currently leading a Korea Foundation-funded project on Southeast Asia-North Korea relations, examining the security-economic linkages and strategic uncertainties of North Korean security challenges in the region.

Mr. Ross Tokola is the Executive Associate to the Director at the East-West Center in Washington, where he gives advice and support to the Director on ongoing near-term and long-term strategic projects and programs. He is also responsible for the Congressional Staff Program on Asia and for North Korea in the World. Previously, Mr. Tokola was a Program Officer at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies during his five years in Seoul, and worked for the U.S. embassies both in the Republic of Korea and in the United Kingdom. In addition to studying the Korean language at Sogang University in Seoul, he holds a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London, and a M.Phil. in International Relations from the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Mr. Keith Luse is the Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea. Previously, Luse was the Senior East Asia Policy Advisor for Chairman and later Ranking Member Senator Richard G. Lugar at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 2003 until 2013. Luse also served as Staff Director for Mr. Lugar at the Senate Agriculture Committee from 1999 through 2002, where the Senator also served as Chairman and later Ranking Member. While at the Senate Agriculture Committee, Luse made the first of eventually five trips to North Korea. Luse’s Bachelor of Arts degree in political science is from Indiana University. His graduate certificate in public management and additional graduate studies were obtained at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis.

View Original Invitation.