Dates: December 26, 2016 to January 17, 2017
Instructor: Prof. Duk Kim, Associate Professor of Political Science
Primary Locations: South Korea and Japan
Program Price: TBD
The decision by the U.S. to drop a number of atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 is credited with ending WWII. More than 30 years of Japan's colonial rule of Korea ended in 1945, the year that Japan formally surrendered to the Allies. An errant decision was made by the Soviet Union and the U.S. to divide the Korean peninsula in 1947, and three years of the Korean War took place in 1950. The Korean peninsula had become a pawn in a dangerous chess match played by Japan, the Soviet Union, China, and the United States.
More than sixty years later, the military presence of the United States in both Japan and South Korea is seen as necessary for stability in the region. However, soon after the start of the new millennium, the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula escalated and the nuclear security issue in East Asia has again called for global attention. As the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang continues, the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula intensifies. The Western mass media defines North Korea's nuclear weapons program as a threat to the international community.
On the other hand, critics argue that the U.S. has been threatening North Korea with a nuclear attack for more than half a century since its "successful" military operations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Korean peninsula is again at the heart of global issues. In recent years, the effectiveness of the Six-Party Talks has been questioned and the painful memories of WWII have resurfaced. From Hiroshima to Pyongyang in Korea and Japan is a short term faculty-led study abroad program that seeks to enrich students' awareness of the prospects of nuclear war in the 21century and of the rising global influence of the two major powers, Korea and Japan.
Priority Deadline: April 15, 2016
Students who apply after the Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.
Step 1: Submit the application
Step 3: Pay your remaining balance by November 1, 2016. Submit your payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose. Or pay online with a credit card.
Applications will be accepted until October 3, 2016.