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Archive for October 2014

The SFS Asian Studies Program, with generous support from the Office of Global Engagement, the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, and the Center for Australian, New Zealand & Pacific Studies, hosted the Honorable Kevin Rudd. Mr. Rudd, Australia's 26th Prime Minister, visited Georgetown University on 2 October 2014 for private breakfast with faculty and students. Mr. Rudd discussed the rise of China and alternative futures for U.S.-China relations, and the event was moderated by Dr. Michael Green, Associate Professor of International Affairs in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  

Mr. Rudd served as Australia's Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012. In 2013, he returned to the Prime Ministership. As Prime Minister, Mr. Rudd led Australia's response during the Global Financial Crisis and played an important role in the creation of the G20. As Foreign Minister, he was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit (EAS) to include both the United States and Russia in 2010. Today, Mr. Rudd remains engaged in various international challenges, including the rise of China, climate change, and sustainable development. Mr. Rudd received his bachelor's degree in Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese.

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On 4 October 2014, high-ranking North Korean officials paid an unprecedented surprise visit to Incheon, South Korea. Their officially stated purpose was to participate in the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Asian Games, but both South Korean and international media have perceived this event as a possible indicator of instability in Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un has not made any public appearance in more than a month, and the country's de facto no.2 and no.3 leaders made a surprise visit to South Korea. Rumors say there was a coup in Pyongyang that forced Kim out of power. What is going on inside North Korea?

Listen to our short interview with Dr. Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor of International Affairs & Government and Director of Asian Studies, to learn more about recent developments in North Korea.

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John Updike, a titan of American literature who passed away in 2009 is the subject of Adam Begley's most recent book, Updike. Begley's most recent book, released this April by HarperCollins, has earned rave reviews from its conclusions and methodical, comprehensive approach to unearthing  the links between Updike's own life and his novels.  

Adam had an exposure to the literary world from his childhood. After graduating from Harvard, Mr. Begley went on to pursue a Ph.D from 
Stanford in American literature, which he received in 1989. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2011 was the recipient of the Leon Levy Center for Biography Fellowship. Mr. Begley is also the author of Literary Agents: A Writer’s Guide, and Certitude: A Profusely Illustrated Guide to Blockheads and Bullheads, Past and Present. From 1996-2009, he worked as the books editor for the New York Observer. His numerous book reviews have appeared in several prominent publications, including the New York Times and The Guardian

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