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東京大学公共政策大学院 | GraSPP / Graduate School of Public Policy | The university of Tokyo

GraSPP Research Seminar/ “UN Sanctions and the DPRK“ Mr. Alastair Morgan, CMG  October 4, 2019

GraSPP Research Seminar


Title: UN Sanctions and the DPRK

Speaker: Mr. Alastair Morgan, CMG; Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on DPRK sanctions and formerly Her Majesty’s Ambassador Pyongyang, 2015-2018

Hosted by: The University of Tokyo GraSPP Research Seminar, the University of Tokyo

Date: Friday, October 04 2019

Time: 10:30-12:00

Venue: SMBC Academia Hall, 4F International Academic Research Building, the University of Tokyo (map) 

Language: English

Registration: Needed. Please register from here.



In this talk, Alastair Morgan, Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and former UK Ambassador to the DPRK, will introduce the UN sanctions regime on the DPRK and its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and ballistic missile programmes. He will outline the role and work of the UN DPRK Sanctions Panel of Experts which he coordinates, including the findings in the Panel’s most recently published report. He will in particular stress the importance of effective national implementation of sanctions and of international collaboration on monitoring and enforcement, while analyzing the challenges in achieving an optimal level of international collaboration. Further, he will address the implications of the DPRK’s illicit programmes for security on the Korean Peninsula, in the region and beyond, and the state of diplomatic efforts to achieve verifiable denuclearization of the DPRK. Alastair will also draw on his previous experience as British Ambassador in Pyongyang for three years from 2015 to 2018, observing the DPRK from inside the country.


Speaker’s biography:

Alastair Morgan took up his current appointment as Coordinator of the UN Panel of Experts on DPRK sanctions upon leaving the British Diplomatic Service in April 2019. He was previously the British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from December 2015 to December 2019. Prior to his appointment in Pyongyang, Alastair served as Consul-General, British Consulate-General Guangzhou, from 2010 to 2014, having previously held the post of Commercial Counsellor and Director of Trade & Investment for China in British Embassy Beijing from March 2007 to December 2010. Alastair had two previous diplomatic postings in East Asia, both in British Embassy Tokyo. From 1991 to 1996 he was First Secretary (Trade Policy) and from 2002 to 2006 he was Counsellor Trade Policy and Director of Inward investment. He also worked in Tokyo on loan to the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry from 2001 to 2002, and from 1983 to 1985 as a Lecturer in English language and literature at Gakushuin University, Japan.Alastair joined the Department of Trade & Industry in 1985 and his subsequent appointments have included Director of Operations at the Invest in Britain Bureau. Alastair studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University and speaks Japanese, Mandarin and Korean. He is married with three children, and currently lives in New York.