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The Diplomat

The Diplomat

  • TV-G
  • 2019
  • 1 Season
"The Diplomat" is a new show that will air weekly on Arirang TV in 30 minute-episodes. Believing in the importance of exchange and cooperation in today’s global age, this show seeks to reinforce relationships between South Korea and its close allies. It also offers a friendly glimpse of life in South Korea through the lives of foreign ambassadors, so people from other countries can better understand Korean culture....
Season 1

64 Episodes
27 December 2018now playing
1. 27 December 2018
 
Since the very first episode in June, "The Diplomat" has welcomed a total of 30 guests, including foreign ambassadors from Asia, Europe, South America and all other parts of the world and experts such as presidential special advisor Moon Chung-in, former President of Timor Leste and José Ramos-Horta, among others. They have shared insight on relations with Korea as well as some of the biggest issues surrounding the Korean Peninsula. The last episode of "The Diplomat" for the year 2018 revisits those moments. It also features ambassadors' messages about peace on the Korean Peninsula as well as stories and lessons from German reunification from German Ambassador to Korea Stephan Auer....
3 January 2019
2. 3 January 2019
 
2018 was a truly meaningful year for the Korean Peninsula, marked by epochal improvement and development of inter-Korean relations. Continuing the momentum from 2018, the year 2019 is expected to be historic with the establishment of permanent peace, prosperity, and denuclearization. What does the future hold for Korea, and how can we achieve those goals? On the first edition of "The Diplomat" in 2019, we find answers to these questions with top North Korea expert Chung Dong-young, Chairman of the Party for Democracy and Peace and former Unification Minister of Korea. He shares his experience of having a 150-minute meeting with the late Chairman Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un's father. Also, he talks about ways to break the current stalemate in nuclear negotiations between Pyeongyang and Washington and organize a second North Korea-U.S. summit, as well as the South's role along the way....
10 January 2019
3. 10 January 2019
 
2019 marks the centennial anniversary of Korea's March 1 Independence Movement and the founding of Korea's provisional government in exile during Japanese colonial rule. Around the same time, a country in Eastern Europe was also fighting for independence – Georgia. The country gained independence from the Russian Empire in 1918 and established its first modern republic state, the Democratic Republic of Georgia, in the same year but was reoccupied by the USSR in 1921 before finally declaring its independence again in 1991. In commemoration of Korea's 100th anniversary, we sit down with Georgian Ambassador to Korea Otar Berdzenishvili to talk about the significance of independence and the status of the Korea-Georgia relationship. The program also covers Ambassador's efforts to promote Georgian culture in Korea using the mediums of cinema and wine....
17 January 2019
4. 17 January 2019
 
2019 marks the centennial of Korea's March 1 Independence Movement, one of the earliest and most significant public displays of Korean resistance during the rule of Korea by Japan, and the founding of the Korean Provisional Government. Around the same time 100 years ago, Poland in Eastern Europe also fought for and regained its independence in 1918. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence, 100 Independence Runs were held in 100 cities around the world, including Seoul, on November 11 last year....
24 January 2019
5. 24 January 2019
 
A second North Korea-U.S. summit is reportedly in the works, and there is a country that advocates lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and that also acts as a window of communication between the two, as a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission – Sweden....
31 January 2019
6. 31 January 2019
 
Oversea travel was fully liberalized in Korea in 1989. With 2019 being the 30th anniversary, over 30 million people are expected to travel abroad this year. Croatia, in particular, is one of the holiday destinations growing fastest in popularity among Korean travelers....
7 February 2019
7. 7 February 2019
 
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to meet U.S. President Donald Trump for a second summit at the end of February seeking an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Back in 1991, Ukraine became the world's first state to voluntarily divest itself of its nuclear arsenal, in exchange for compensation and security guarantees, and the country is regarded as one of the possible models for the North....
14 February 2019
8. 14 February 2019
 
The 4th Industrial Revolution refers to the current and developing environment in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the way we live and work....
21 February 2019
9. 21 February 2019
 
For a second time, the world’s collective gaze will once again turn to the Korean Peninsula as North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong-un will meet U.S. President Donald Trump for another historic summit. Building on the historic symbolism of the first summit, the two leaders are expected to achieve more concrete results this time....
7 March 2019
10. 7 March 2019
 
The most often used term to express relations between Korea and Turkey is "blood brother" because of Turkey’s large deployment of troops to South Korea during the Korean War. The Turkish soldiers also gained fame for bravery, loyalty, and selflessness among all the veterans with the highest number of casualties, in relation to the number of soldiers deployed. What’s more, they founded an orphanage called "Ankara School" in Suwon to accommodate war orphans, displaying great love for humanity....
14 March 2019
11. 14 March 2019
 
The most often used term to express relations between Korea and Turkey is "blood brother" because of Turkey’s large deployment of troops to South Korea during the Korean War. The Turkish soldiers also gained fame for bravery, loyalty, and selflessness among all the veterans with the highest number of casualties, in relation to the number of soldiers deployed. What’s more, they founded an orphanage called "Ankara School" in Suwon to accommodate war orphans, displaying great love for humanity....
21 March 2019
12. 21 March 2019
 
The Korean government's "New Southern Policy" aims to better connect Korea to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping and expand the economic influence of Asia's fourth-largest economy in the region home to more than half a billion people. Then, which ASEAN country first established diplomatic with Korea? It's the Philippines, composing over 7,000 islands. The Philippines was also the first Asian country to send combat troops to South Korea during the Korean War, establishing a brotherhood forged in blood. Today, approx. 60,000 Filipinos reside in South Korea as students, workers, missionaries or spouses of Korean nationals, while around 100,000 Koreans live in the Philippines....
28 March 2019
13. 28 March 2019
 
On this week's "THE DIPLOMAT," we'll meet with Alfred Xuereb, the Apostolic Nuncio to South Korea, to talk about the history of Catholicism in Korea, as well as peace on the Korean peninsula and the possibilities of Pope Francis' visit to North Korea.Also on this episode, we'll reveal, for the first time ever, the room where Pope Francis stayed in during his visit to South Korea in 2014....
4 April 2019
14. 4 April 2019
 
This week on "The Diplomat," we'll delve into relations between Korea and Hungary in time for celebrating 30 years of diplomatic ties, and find more ways the two countries can collaborate in the future. We'll also be sharing the opening of the first ever Institute of Hungarian Studies in Korea. Ambassador Csoma Mozes is the ambassador for both South and North Korea. What's his take on the issues on the Korean Peninsula? We'll share his thoughts on what needs to be tackled in order to bring the two countries together....
11 April 2019
15. 11 April 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we will meet with the Portuguese ambassador to South Korea, Manuel Antonio Goncalves De Jesus, and delve into the diverse culture of Portugal and the history of exchange between South Korea and Portugal, as well astheir future of economic exchange....
18 April 2019
16. 18 April 2019
 
This week on ‘THE DIPLOMAT,’ we’ll meet with the Belgian ambassador to South Korea, Peter Lescouhier, and talk about the royal visit of the King and Queen of Belgium to Korea in March, a visit that’s happened after 27 years. We’ll also delve into the outcome and expected impact of this visit. We’ll also be sharing the first ever Belgian life festival in Korea, and delve into the special relations between the two countries that has beeb developing since the Korean War, as well as the growing popularity of Taekwondo in Belgium....
25 April 2019
17. 25 April 2019
 
This week on ‘THE DIPLOMAT,’ we’ll meet with the Belgian ambassador to South Korea, Peter Lescouhier, and talk about the royal visit of the King and Queen of Belgium to Korea in March, a visit that’s happened after 27 years. We’ll also delve into the outcome and expected impact of this visit. We’ll also be sharing the first ever Belgian life festival in Korea, and delve into the special relations between the two countries that has beeb developing since the Korean War, as well as the growing popularity of Taekwondo in Belgium....
2 May 2019
18. 2 May 2019
 
On this week’s ‘THE DIPLOMAT,’ we’ll meet with the Cambodian Ambassador to S.korea Long Dimanche and find out more about Cambodia, one of the ASEAN countries receiving spotlight under President Moon Jae-in’s New Southern Policy and seeing high business-to-business and people-to-people exchange with Korea. We’ll also go over the effect and significance of the Korea-ASEAN special summit to be held in the latter half of this year....
9 May 2019
19. 9 May 2019
 
This week on ‘The Diplomat,’ we’ll meet with the Austrian Ambassador to S.korea, Michael SCHWARZINGER, and talk about the results of the summit between President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Kurz in February, as well as the long history between the two countries. We’ll also find out more about the art and culture scene of Austria, a place dubbed ‘the country of music....
16 May 2019
20. 16 May 2019
 
On this week's 'The Diplomat,' we will meet with Barbara Zollmann, the President & CEO of the Korean-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KGCCI) and talk about the role and significance of the KGCCI in promoting exchange between Korea and Germany. We'll also take a look at the German concept of 'ausbildung' that focuses on cultivating specialized talent for specific industries, and share a certificate awarding event for newly certified 'ausbildung' trainers in Korea....
23 May 2019
21. 23 May 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, in celebration of opening the first FAO office in Korea. We'll cover the role Korea will play as a member country of the FAO and also talk about the FAO's take on the food shortage crisis in North Korea, as well as the necessity of support....
30 May 2019
22. 30 May 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with the Tanzanian Ambassador to S. Korea, Matilda Swilla Masuka, and also introduce the Tanzanian embassy in S. Korea that opened just last year. We'll talk about the current relations between Korea and Tanzania, as well as the economic cooperation achieved through Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon's recent visit to Tanzania. We'll also share a special event held for Union Day that celebrated 55 years since the birth of the United Republic of Tanzania, as well as the exciting celebratory performance by the Tanzanian global star, Diamond Platnumz....
6 June 2019
23. 6 June 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with the Swiss Ambassador to South Korea, Linus von Castelmur. We'll also be introducing the newly built Swiss Embassy that's a modern Swiss interpretation of a traditional Korean hanok, the first of its kind in Korea. We'll also delve into the peace-finding process on the Korean Peninsula from the perspective of Switzerland, a neutral country and also a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission (NNSC)....
13 June 2019
24. 13 June 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we meet with Ecuadorian Ambassador to S. Korea, Oscar Herrera Gilbert, and delve into the positive bond between Korea and Ecuador that's been kept since the Korean War in 1950, as well as the achievements made so far from their bilateral cooperation....
20 June 2019
25. 20 June 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with the Rwandan Ambassador to S. Korea, Emma François Isumbingabo, and find out all about Rwanda, the 'country of a thousand hills' at the heart of Africa. We'll talk about how it overcame its tragic past and was able to achieve great economic progress, as well as the economic ties between Korea and Rwanda....
27 June 2019
26. 27 June 2019
 
On This week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with Paraguayan Ambassador Raul Silvero Silvagni and delve into the culture and history of Paraguay, 'the heart of South America.' It was the first country in South America to officially accept Korean immigrants. We'll look at the long history of Korea-Paraguay relations as well as the diverse fields of cooperation with hidden potential....
4 July 2019
27. 4 July 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT', we'll meet with Ambassador of Costa Rica, Rodolfo Solano Quirós, who is wrapping up his 5-year term in South Korea. We'll learn about Costa Rica, also known as the 'Switzerland of Latin America' for being a strong advocate for peace. We'll talk about its diverse charms as well as its economic ties with South Korea....
11 July 2019
28. 11 July 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with the Ambassador of Belarus to S. Korea, Andrei Popkov. Belarus is dubbed "the nation of white" and has a lot in common with Korea in terms of culture, history, and sentiment....
18 July 2019
29. 18 July 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with Ambassador Juan Ignacio Morro. We'll learn about the 70 years of diplomatic history between S. Korea and Spain, and also about the many charms of Spain as a place to visit. We'll also be joining a special session at a middle school in Korea where Ambassador Morro talked about the EU and Spain to promote them to the students....
25 July 2019
30. 25 July 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with the Ambassador of Timor-Leste to S. Korea, Adalgisa Ximenes. Dubbed 'the hidden paradise of Southeast Asia,' or 'the country independent for the first time in the 21st century,' Timor-Leste is a nation very closely tied to Korea, both historically and sentimentally....
1 August 2019
31. 1 August 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with Ambassador Daúl Matute Mejía and learn all about Peru, its top-class food culture as well as the bilateral relations between Korea and Peru in terms of economy and diplomacy. We'll also delve into a special event held in celebration of Peru's 198th year of independence....
12 August 2019
32. 12 August 2019
 
This week on ‘THE DIPLOMAT,’ we'll meet with Ambassador of Honduras, Virgilio Paredes Trapero, and find out about Copán, an archaeological site of the Maya Civilization, and also one of the world’s most beautiful places...
19 August 2019
33. 19 August 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with Ambassador Pablo Ossio of Bolivia to S. Korea. We'll also learn about Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt desert in the world, located in La Paz, the highest situated capital city. We'll also go over the bilateral relations and cooperation between S. Korea and Bolivia such as the activities of KOICA, as well as the Bolivian Ambassador's goals of his post....
26 August 2019
34. 26 August 2019
 
This week on 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with the Ambassador of Panama to S. Korea, Ruben Eloy Arosemena, and find out about the world's logistics hub, Panama, its economic value and cultural charms. We'll also learn about Korea and Panama's special connection of 'KKottongnae,' a Korean social welfare organization. Already in the fifth year of his term, Ambassador Ruben Arosemena will also share his perspective of the Korean culture....
2 September 2019
35. 2 September 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with Humberto Salazar, the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to S. Korea. The Dominican Republic was the first nation discovered as a new continent by Columbus and it's filled with the passion of Latin culture. We'll learn about the characteristics of merengue and bachata, forms of Latin American music genre, and even learn some dance steps from Ambassador Salazar. He will also be sharing his thoughts on the 57 years of bilateral relations between S. Korea and the Dominican Republic....
9 September 2019
36. 9 September 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we will meet with Abida Islam, Ambassador of Bangladesh to S. Korea. Bangladesh, located between India and Myanmar in South Asia, has one of the highest density populations in the world and is fast becoming the upcoming market to focus on. In time for Korea's Chuseok holiday, we will compare traditional rice dishes of Korea and Bangladesh and find out more about the charms of Bangladesh as a place to travel. We'll also delve into Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon's visit to Bangladesh earlier this July and what topics were discussed in terms of economic cooperation...
16 September 2019
37. 16 September 2019
 
On this week's 'THE DIPLOMAT,' we'll meet with Ambassador of Zambia, Wylbur Chisiya Simuusa. Zambia, a land-locked nation on the African continent, is gifted with abundant natural resources such as copper and cobalt. It established diplomatic ties with S. Korea in 1990. Home to Victoria Falls, nature's true gem and one of the top 3 falls in Africa, it is also a habitat of diverse wildlife. Recently, it was chosen as the most peaceful country in Africa, and there's a lot to be expected from bilateral cooperation between Zambia and S. Korea. Ambassador Wylbur Chisiya Simuusa, acting as the bridge between the two countries, will tell us more stories....
23 September 2019
38. 23 September 2019
 
On this week's "The Diplomat," we'll meet Sripriya Ranganathan, the Ambassador of India to South Korea, who was appointed to the post last year. We'll find out more about Indian traditional music, dance, food etc. as well as Sarang - The Festival of India in Korea, which the Ambassador has been working hard to organize.Sarang - The Festival of India in Korea will be held from October to November in major Korean cities such as Seoul, Incheon, Busan, Kimhae, Daegu, Gwangju, Buyeo, Chuncheon etc. The festival will host various events on music, films, foods etc. to help Koreans better understand Indian culture and sentiment while boosting bilateral exchange....
2 October 2019
39. 2 October 2019
 
This week, on "The Diplomat," we meet the Indonesian Ambassador to Seoul, Umar Hadi, who has a hearty laugh and friendly eyes. In celebration of the 46th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between South Korea and Indonesia, "Festival Indonesia 2019" was held for three days from September 21, 2019 at Cheonggye Plaza. The festival features various cultural events for people of both nations to understand each other better and communicate. Foreign tourists visiting Korea were also able to participate in the festival and were especially delighted to see the Ambassador himself go up on stage to dance a traditional Indonesian dance wearing a mask and traditional clothes. Ambassador Hadi says he enjoys life in Korea with his wife and daughter. He is fond of using public transportation and keeps record of all the cities he has visited in Korea on a map. These efforts help him understand Korea better, as he strives hard to improve bilateral ties. We will hear more about his creative ideas to enhance cooperation between the two countries for economic and cultural exchange through this week’s show. Let’s meet Indonesian Ambassador to Seoul, Umar Hadi....
9 October 2019
40. 9 October 2019
 
This week on "The Diplomat," we meet New Zealand Ambassador to S. Korea Philip Turner who loves K-pop and K-pop bands such as Black Pink and BTS. He lightened up the atmosphere by personally singing the Maori traditional folk song "Pokarekare Ana," which Koreans know and love as "Yeonga." Ambassador Turner is interested in enhancing bilateral exchange in the cultural sector through K-Pop which is popular in New Zealand. He showed pride in the New Zealand group that made it to the 2019 Changwon K-POP World Festival which will be held on Oct. 11, 2019. He also introduces Modern Maori Quartet which re-interprets traditional Maori culture and music. The group has been invited to the Jeonju Sori World Festival. Two New Zealand films which have been invited to the 24th Busan International Film Festival will also be discussed. The delightful interview starts off with the ambassador introducing popular New Zealand snacks and goes further to discuss Korea and the conomy cultural exchange and cooperation the ambassador's future plans and unforgettable moments in Korea. We meet the charming Ambassador on this week's "The Diplomat."...
16 October 2019
41. 16 October 2019
 
This week on “The Diplomat” we meet Algerian Ambassador to Korea, Mohammed El Amine Derragui who won the Proud Ambassador Award at the 2019 Pride Korea Awards. The ambassador invited us to his residence and suggested we also meet with his wife, Chafika Derragui. During the interview, the ambassador couple introduced the celebration for the 30th anniversary of Seoul-Algiers ties which was held at Seoul Plaza, and the performances that took place at the event. Madame Derragui, who enjoys singing the Korean song “Meeting”, delightfully sang a small portion of the song for us during the interview and introduced a fusion hanbok incorporating traditional Algerian clothes. The couple also invited us to get a taste of Algerian traditional food which was exhibited at the Busan International Food Exhibition 2019 held from Oct. 10-12. At the residence, there was a table full of Algerian food from semolina and couscous to various traditional desserts. We were greeted warmly by the kindly and hospitable ambassador couple. Let’s go meet them now....
23 October 2019
42. 23 October 2019
 
This week on "The Diplomat" we visit Afghanistan ambassador to South Korea, Abdul Hakim Atarud, at the request of an Afghan university student studying in Korea. The ambassador introduces us to Afghan traditional clothing, musical instruments and jewels that were brought to introduce Afghan traditional culture at various festivals in Korea held in Gwanghwamun and Itaewon. The Ambassador tells us about Afghan traditional tea and cookies and academic exchange between the two countries while sharing his thoughts on Korea’s economic development and plans to enhance bilateral economic cooperation. The ambassador also treats us to a feast of traditional Afghan food for breakfast and lunch. We meet the soft spoken and kind Ambassador Abdul Hakim Atarud, who is also working hard to spread Afghan culture in Korea on this week’s "The Diplomat"....
30 October 2019
43. 30 October 2019
 
On this week's "The Diplomat," we meet Brazilian Ambassador to Korea, Luís Henrique Sobreira Lopes. We hear about his thoughts on Korea and Brazil celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties and introduce various events that have been prepared to honor the occasion. For example, there was a 60th Anniversary Logo Contest in February; in March, Jeon Ok-hee, a popular Korean artist in Brazil, held an exhibition hosted by the Brazilian Embassy in Korea; and in October, the world-famous Assad Brothers held a concert at Walker Hill Theater while a Brazilian Film Festival was also held at Myeongdong's CGV. We hear about the ambassador's vision and projects for his time in Korea and get treated to Brazilian desserts and snacks such as Empadinha and Pao de Queijo. We meet Ambassador Luís Henrique Sobreira Lopes, who has been faithfully carrying on his role bridging Brazil and Korea together on "The Diplomat"....
6 November 2019
44. 6 November 2019
 
On "The Diplomat" this week, we meet Latvia's ambassador to Korea, Peteris Vaivars. Latvia is a Baltic State located in Northern Europe that boasts beautiful coastlines, thick forests and untouched nature befitting the nickname "Pearl of the Baltic." The capital city Riga and other areas are peppered with medieval castles making the country famous as the "Versailles" of Northern Europe. Korea's relationship with Latvia began in 1991 and met a turning point when the permanent Latvian Embassy was established in 2015. As the first residing Latvian ambassador to Korea, Ambassador Vaivars is on a special mission. Recently, the famous Latvian poet Juris Kronbergs visited Korea through a cultural exchange project headed by the Embassy as his book, "The Book of Clouds," was published in Korean. The Ambassador, striving to promote Latvian culture in Korea, also introduces us to Latvia's unique potato chips and tea. Let's listen to the Ambassador who has been acting as a bridge between the two countries with a smile....
13 November 2019
45. 13 November 2019
 
On this week's "The Diplomat," we meet Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to S. Korea, Sylvestre Kouassi Bile. Cote d’Ivoire is a West African nation that has been experiencing steady and stable growth. It is also the home country of football star and former Chelsea FC player, Didier Drogba. Ambassador Kouassi Bile has a special connection with Korea as he was the first Ambassador to work at the newly opened Cote d'Ivoire Embassy in Korea in 1997, and remained in Korea for eight years until 2005. He returned in 2012 and has lived in Korea for nearly 14 years. Calling himself "half-Korean," the Ambassador has been acting as a bridge between Korea and Cote d'Ivoire with his warm smile. During the interview, the Ambassador showed pride in his country's exports such as cocoa, coffee and tuna. Let's meet the Ambassador, who has been a major influence in bilateral relations....
20 November 2019
46. 20 November 2019
 
30 Years of Friendship & New Future. The Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit is being held to coincide with the 30th anniversary of dialogue relations between the two sides. The Korea-ASEAN relationship has developed rapidly in the past 30 years, allowing Korea to become ASEAN’s first dialogue partner to host the summit three times. In line with the special occasion, “The Diplomat” has prepared a two-part special on the summit, with Part 1 focusing on interviews with ASEAN specialists. We will learn about the development of Korea-ASEAN relations what is expected for the commemorative summit from former Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Center, Mr. Chung Hae-moon and the head of the Center for ASEAN-India Studies at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Mr. Choe Won-gi....
27 November 2019
47. 27 November 2019
 
Partnership for Peace, Prosperity for People. The Diplomat focuses on the 2019 Korea-ASEAN commemorative summit’s main agendas and its impact on the international community with experts from home and abroad. Indonesian Ambassador to Korea Umar Hadi began his term with the Moon Administration in 2017. He has expressed great anticipation for the summit saying he hopes Korea and ASEAN members can share their goals and ideas through the summit, and plan for and develop the next 30 years of their relationship together. Dr. Shawn Ho of the Singaporean think thank RSIS chose President Moon’s New Southern Policy as a driving force for Korea and ASEAN’s relationship saying, "since the policy was implemented in 2017, President Moon has shown effort to improve Korea-ASEAN relations, visiting all 10 members in 2 years despite other issues such as inter-Korean relations, which has moved ASEAN members." Experts also focused on other main agendas such as FTA network expansion, cooperation in military and the defense industry, peace economy on the Korean Peninsula....
4 December 2019
48. 4 December 2019
 
This week on “The Diplomat,” we meet the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Suma Chakrabarti. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to support the economic development of Eastern European and former Soviet countries. Its main tasks are to build infrastructure following economic reform in Eastern Europe, support safe development following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, support SMEs and to respond to refugee issues. The bank has been expanding its influence from Europe to also include Asia and Africa. Currently, 69 countries including Korea are members. Korea has 1% capital share but is actively involved in various EBRD projects such as Turkey’s undersea tunnel construction, Kazakhstan’s Big Almaty Ring Road construction, Georgia’s Hydroelectric Power Plant construction etc. As such, President Chakrabarti has visited Korea five times in the seven years during his tenure and has formed an active partnership through efforts such as establishing a 1-person EBRD Business Development Consultant Office in Seoul and promoting joint knowledge sharing projects. We will take a look at President Chakrabarti’s views on Korea’s role in the world economy and the development of North Korea’s economy after denuclearization....
11 December 2019
49. 11 December 2019
 
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to support the economic development of Eastern European and former Soviet countries. Its main tasks are to build infrastructure following economic reform in Eastern Europe, support safe development following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, support SMEs and to respond to refugee issues.The bank has been expanding its influence from Europe to also include Asia and Africa. Currently, 69 countries including Korea are members. Korea has 1% capital share but is actively involved in various EBRD projects such as Turkey’s undersea tunnel construction, Kazakhstan’s Big Almaty Ring Road construction, Georgia’s Hydroelectric Power Plant construction etc. As such, President Chakrabarti has visited Korea five times in the seven years during his tenure and has formed an active partnership through efforts such as establishing a 1-person EBRD Business Development Consultant Office in Seoul and promoting joint knowledge sharing projects. We will take a look at President Chakrabarti’s views on Korea’s role in the world economy and the development of North Korea’s economy after denuclearization....
18 December 2019
50. 18 December 2019
 
We meet Ambassador of Sweden to S. Korea, Jakob Hallgren, on this week’s "The Diplomat". S. Korea and Sweden celebrated the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this year, which means Ambassador Hallgren, who was in the 2nd year of his term, had a lot on his plate. To celebrate the occasion, the film festival that the Swedish Embassy holds every year prepared a documentary on the Korean War and other latest releases, while expanding screens to five cities around the nation. The Embassy also held "Sweden Talk" which deals with the two countries' common interests each month, and various exhibitions and forums to spread Swedish culture in Korea. Ambassador Hallgren has spearheaded cultural exchange so that the people of both nations can understand each other better. We’ll discuss Ambassador Hallgren’s designs for the future 60 years of bilateral relations on this week’s episode....
26 December 2019
51. 26 December 2019
 
On this week’s “The Diplomat,” we meet Ambassador of Italy to S. Korea, Federico Failla. Italy is the birthplace of the European Renaissance and where the three great Renaissance masters were born. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, who was one of the great Renaissance masters. To commemorate the life and death of the great Italian Renaissance master, the Italian Embassy in Korea organized a variety of events such as the screening of a film on da Vinci’s life in Seoul, introducing da Vinci’s hometown foods using Korean ingredients and even promoting cooperation with Korea’s energy technology sector by highlighting da Vinci’s achievements in the sciences. S. Korea and Italy’s relationship has been elevated to a strategic partnership after President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Italy in 2018. Let’s find out what kind of plans Ambassador Federico Failla has for the newly enhanced bilateral relations....
2 January 2020
52. 2 January 2020
 
On this week’s “The Diplomat,” we meet with ambassadors to S. Korea from five different continents to look back at the year 2019. Ambassadors Abida Islam of Bangladesh, Humberto Salazar of Dominican Republic, Michael Reiterer of the EU, Philip Turner of New Zealand and Wylbur Chisiya Simuusa of Zambia took part in the special interview to discuss their thoughts on the major issues of Korea in 2019 which included the March 1st Movement’s 100th anniversary, K-Pop’s popularity around the world and the first ever trilateral summit between the South Korea, North Korea and US at Panmunjeom. Let’s hear from the ambassadors to Korea and their views on Korea in 2019....
8 January 2020
53. 8 January 2020
 
On this week’s “The Diplomat,” we meet Ambassador of Azerbaijan to S. Korea, Ramzi Teymurov. Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire boasting bountiful resources such as oil and natural gas. Its geographic location is at a crossroads between Asia, the Middle East and Europe, allowing it to embrace diversity. Recently, Korea and Azerbaijan have been getting closer through cultural exchanges including exhibitions, workshops and Azerbaijan’s handcrafted carpets thanks to the efforts of Ambassador Teymurov. We will learn about the Ambassador’s 2020 plans and cultural exchange projects between the two countries while enjoying Azerbaijan tea, which provides a different taste and fragrance depending on the type of tea leaf and how it is taken....
15 January 2020
54. 15 January 2020
 
On this week’s “The Diplomat,” we meet Ambassador of Ethiopia to S. Korea, Shiferaw Shigutie Wolassa. Ethiopia is where coffee was first discovered and Africa’s largest coffee producer. The country boasts a unique coffee culture including Bunna Maflat. During the Korean War, Ethiopia was the only African country to send around 6,000 troops creating an alliance forged with blood. Since then, the two sides have developed bilateral ties based on their shared value of peace. In 2019, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali won the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to bring peace with neighboring Eritrea following 20 years of conflict. We will hear from Ambassador Wolassa on bilateral cooperation for peace and reconstruction....
22 January 2020
55. 22 January 2020
 
On this week’s “The Diplomat,” we meet Chancellor of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Kim Joon-hyung. The Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) started out as an education and training center for diplomats in 1963, while the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) was established in 1977. The institutions were merged and expanded into what KNDA is today in 2012, and it currently works to nurture Korea’s diplomatic personnel and researches diplomatic policy. Diplomacy plays a crucial role in the midst of increasingly complicated international affairs and as Korea’s status rises in the world. We’ll hear from Chancellor Kim about the current issues and policy direction for Korea’s diplomacy....
29 January 2020
56. 29 January 2020
 
Tajikistan is a Central Asian country that carries the history of the ancient Silk Road and has high growth potential with geographic advantages and abundant natural resources. Tajikistan’s major holiday, Sada, comes every year around this time at the end of January. It is similar to the Korean Lunar New Year as it wishes for a plentiful new year. We will take a look at the foods, traditions, customs, clothing for Sada as well as the Tajik thought of unity and brotherly love, and their hope for abundance from nature through this holiday. Also, we will hear from Ambassador Sharifzoda, who has been acting as a bridgehead between the two countries, on ways to promote bilateral relations including the opening of a new direct plane route....
5 February 2020
57. 5 February 2020
 
On this week’s “The Diplomat,” we meet Ambassador of Finland to S. Korea, Eero Suominen. The “Man, Matter, Metamorphosis - 10 000 Years of Design” exhibit was held at the National Museum of Korea recently. Finland is a design powerhouse that the world pays attention to. The exhibition introduces the materials, culture and technologies that have changed for 10,000 years in Finland from a new viewpoint, becoming the center of cultural exchange between Korea and Finland. Ambassador Eero Suominen showed great pride in presenting the exhibition in Korea. In addition to culture, there is a national sentiment that values harmony, coexistence and diversity which has created the foundation for today's Finland that includes the government's solid welfare system, systematic trade unions and innovative political culture. The Ambassador explained that public trust in the government and educational institutions is high, and the willingness of individual citizens to voluntarily participate in social problems, such as joining NGOs, is high. We’ll take a closer look at the potential synergy effect that Korea and Finland’s cooperation can bring with Ambassador Suominen....
12 February 2020
58. 12 February 2020
 
On “The Diplomat” this week, we meet Ambassador of Georgia to S. Korea, Otar Berdzenishvili. As a country with over 8,000 years of winemaking history, Georgia has over 500 different types of wine and ferments wine using the ancient Qvevri method with pots rather than oak barrels. The usage of pots is similar to Korea’s own gimjang culture and its uniqueness and heritage has been acknowledged through its designation as a UNESCO intangible heritage. Ambassador Berdzenishvili showed great pride in Georgia’s winemaking, introducing Georgian wine that pairs well with Korean cuisine. Korea’s wine market has been growing and with both Koreans and Georgians great lovers of wine, we will also hear about bilateral tourism and person exchange as well as plans to increase cooperation using wine as the medium....
19 February 2020
59. 19 February 2020
 
On “The Diplomat” this week, we meet Ambassador of Bulgaria to S. Korea, Petko Draganov. Located in the middle of the Balkans, Bulgaria connects the East and West. Fermented foods and dairy farming has developed due to Bulgaria’s abundant mountains. In particular, Bulgaria’s yoghurt is as famous as Korea’s kimchi as a global health food. Ambassador Petko Draganov presented Bulgaria's representative health food with the help of Chef Michal Ashminov, who has worked to raise awareness of Bulgarian yoghurt in Korea. With this year marking the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations, Ambassador Draganov is spearheading various exchange projects to enhance relations. We will hear about cooperative projects and this year’s plans that he is focusing on....
26 February 2020
60. 26 February 2020
 
On “The Diplomat” this week, we meet Ambassador of Qatar to S. Korea, Mohammed Hassan Al-Hayki. Qatar is referred to as the “Pearl of the Middle East”. Backed by abundant energy resources such as oil and natural gas, Qatar has become a country that boasts huge economic power. With preliminary matches for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 being held, global interest is growing for Qatar. Qatar is preparing for another successful sports diplomacy, taking advantage of its experience in successfully hosting the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Lusail City, where the FIFA World Cup opening match will take place, is speeding up the construction of infrastructure along with the active entry of Korean companies. With Ambassador Mohammed Hassan Al-Hayki, we will discuss the goals of future bilateral relations....
4 March 2020
61. 4 March 2020
 
On “The Diplomat” this week, we meet Ambassador of Russia to S. Korea, Andrey Kulik. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between S. Korea and Russia. Since establishing diplomatic relations on September 30, 1990, the two countries have maintained close ties with exchanges in a variety of fields such as diplomacy, security and economy. The two countries’ special friendship extends further back in history. At the end of the Joseon Dynasty, Emperor Gojong felt threatened for his life by the Japanese and took refuge at the Russian legation in what’s called Agwan Pacheon. Looking around the old Russian legation site, where only the tower remains, we will look back at the long relationship between the two countries. Ambassador Kulik also thanked the S. Korean Navy’s support for the memorial for soldiers who died on the Varyag during the Battle of Jemulpo, marking the beginning of the Russo-Japanese War. The two countries are preparing a variety of events to commemorate the 30th anniversary of bilateral ties. The two sides will promote more active exchanges through events such as forums and business meetings for economic exchange and mutual visits by artists. We will meet Ambassador Andrey Kulik who is in the midst of all of these activities and hear the special stories about S. Korea and Russia’s relationship....
11 March 2020
62. 11 March 2020
 
On “The Diplomat” this week, we meet Ambassador of Denmark to S. Korea, Einar H. JENSEN. Denmark is familiar to us as the home of Hans Christian Andersen, famous for his fairy tales. The country boasts a clean natural environment which provides artistic inspiration and fits the Danish lifestyle of “hygge” which means a comfortable and cozy state. Denmark’s eco-friendly lifestyle has allowed it to become a leader in green growth amid today’s climate change crisis. Korea and Denmark are strengthening cooperation to resolve climate problems through wind energy development. The two countries began technology sharing for renewable energy development while Denmark’s climate ambassador, Tomas Anker Christiansen, visited Korea in February to discuss ways to cooperate ahead of Korea’s hosting of the P4G summit in June. We’ll hear about Denmark’s green growth policy and bilateral efforts for it from Ambassador Jenson....
18 Mar 2020  n
63. 18 Mar 2020 n
 
Similar to Korea, March is a special month for the people of Bangladesh as they commemorate the history of independence. Bangladesh became part of East Pakistan in 1947 as East Began gained independence from British rule. However, political, economic and social discrimination as well as various disparate elements caused Bangladesh to seek independence from East Pakistan. Particularly, the movement to protect their mother tongue, Bengali, became the trigger that started the independence movement on March 26, 1971. After nine months of fighting, Bangladesh finally gained independence on Dec. 16 the same year. This March is especially meaningful as it marks the 100th birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s founding father and independence leader. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Keeping with his spirit of creating an “inclusive democratic society,” Bangladesh is contributing to world peace through policies to accept refugees. We will share Bangladesh’s intense independence story and hear of hopes for intimate bilateral communication and cooperation with Ambassador Abida ISLAM....
25 Mar 2020
64. 25 Mar 2020
 
Algeria is Africa’s largest country by land mass with beautiful coastlines touching the Mediterreanean. The country boasts the world’s 10th largest natural gas reserves and 15th largest oil reserves. After nine years of fighting, Algeria finally gained independence from France on July 5, 1962. Since then, the country has aimed to create an equal society becoming the no. 1 country for women’s enrolment in tertiary education and 15th in the world for wage equality for similar work. 2020 is a special year for Korea and Algeria as they celebrate the 30th year of bilateral relations. Going beyond the current cooperation in fossil fuel energy, the two countries are also looking for new ways to cooperate on environmental issues including air pollution. Ambassador Mohammed El Amine DERRAGUI has widened the horizons for bilateral relations from economic cooperation to cultural exchange along with his wife, Chafika DERRAGUI. As the two sides celebrate 30 years of friendship, we will hear about future cooperative projects from the Ambassador and his wife....