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Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula

Crisis Group Role

Christopher Green joined Crisis Group in early 2017. As Senior Adviser for the Korean Peninsula, he supplies research and analysis on North and South Korean foreign and domestic policy, with a primary focus on North Korea's relations with China, South Korea, and the United States, and a secondary focus on state-society relations inside North Korea. 

Areas of Expertise

  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Inter-Korean relations
  • Asian international relations
  • North East Asia political economy

Professional Background

Christopher Green worked for more than a decade in South Korean media and civil society, where he specialised in North Korean current affairs. A Korean speaker, Christopher has a master's degree in international studies from Nottingham University. He teaches at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Languages

  • English
  • Korean

Select Publications

Change and Continuity in North Korean Politics (London: Routledge, 2017). 

In The News

26 Jul 2018
Broadly speaking, one side [the U.S.] wants denuclearization first, normalization of relations later, and the other [North Korea] wants normalization of relations first, then denuclearization later. Reuters

Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula
16 May 2018
I don’t think it benefits North Korea to appear be too much of a cheap date. It ill behooves them to have everyone thinking that they are desperate. TIME

Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula
28 Mar 2018
China is the only state willing and able to immediately ease North Korea’s economic burden. Reuters

Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula
1 Mar 2018
North Korea is attempting to destabilise the [South Korea]-U.S. alliance, destabilise the international consensus on sanctions focused on the UN, and destabilise South Korean politics and society. National Journal

Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula
11 Feb 2018
[North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's] goal is to do enough on the inter-Korean front to get the United States and North Korea to jaw-jaw. The real strategic games have only just begun. Bloomberg

Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula
8 Feb 2018
[South Korea's] Moon administration is already treading a fine line between engagement and what a large and vocal segment of the population regards as appeasement. Reuters

Christopher Green

Senior Adviser, Korean Peninsula

Latest Updates

Commentary / Asia

Getting the U.S. in Step with the Koreas’ Diplomatic Dance

A new round of inter-Korean diplomacy commenced 18 September as the North and South Korean leaders met for a three-day summit. Meanwhile, U.S.-North Korean relations are reverting to previous bad form. Washington should welcome Seoul’s help in restarting productive contacts with Pyongyang.

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Commentary / Asia

Korean Presidents’ Meeting is a Memorable Step Forward

Symbolism and substance combined to make the 27 April meeting between the North and South Korean presidents a momentous occasion. Much needs to be done to overcome scepticism from past failures, but the concrete timeline the two countries laid out in the Panmunjom Declaration could lead to transformative steps.

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Commentary / Asia

China Moves Centre Stage in Korean Peninsula Peace Efforts

After weeks in which other actors have taken notable steps towards defusing fears of war over North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, a China-North Korea summit held 26-27 March in Beijing has reasserted China’s pivotal role in efforts to find a solution to the nuclear crisis.

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Commentary / Asia

The Modest Diplomatic Promise of North Korea’s Charm Offensive

Following the first inter-Korean summit in ten years, the announcement that President Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a promising sign. Although Pyongyang is unlikely to change its strategic course, the summit provides an opportunity for the U.S. to pair its maximum pressure with diplomacy and coordinate with Asian powers.

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Commentary / Asia

Sports Diplomacy in the Korean Peninsula

The opening of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games represents an opportunity for diplomacy to help reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula.