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Dr. Thomas Schäfer’s Visit to the Republic of Korea

HSF Korea invited Dr. Thomas Schäfer to the South Korea to co-host session in the 2021 Korea Global Forum for Peace with K-Water. Dr. Thomas Schäfer served as a former German ambassador in Pyongyang, North Korea. While he was in South Korea, he made various visits with political figures.

(from left: Bernhard Seliger, Jeong Se-Hyun, Thomas Schäfer)

(from left: Bernhard Seliger, Jeong Se-Hyun, Thomas Schäfer)

Meeting with the Executive Vice President of the National Unification Advisory Council

At the beginning of his week-long trip to Korea, Dr. Thomas Schäfer met Jeong Se-Hyun, Executive Vice President of the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC) in Seoul. They discussed political developments on the Korean Peninsula and the difficulties to restart dialogue and peaceful developments. Dr. Schäfer has been invited by Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea for a program of political dialogue and to participate in the Korean Global Peace Forum of the Ministry of Unification, a three-day forum which started on August 31.


Meeting with Hon. Lee Dalgon, former Minister of Public Administration and Security

Mr. Kim Young-Soo, Dr. Thomas Schäfer, Mr Hon. Lee Dalgon, and Dr. Bernhard Seliger met on August 30 and discussed parliamentary cooperation for inter-Korean exchanges and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

You can find more information on the meeting in the related newspaper articles (Korean only):



Meeting with the Chargé d’Affairs a.i. at the United States Embassy

The Korea-US alliance is a cornerstone of any development on the Korean Peninsula. Therefore, on the occasion of his visit to Seoul on invitation by Hanns-Seidel-Foundation, Dr. Thomas Schäfer, also met with the acting head of the US Embassy, Chargé d’Affairs Chris del Corso to exchange views on the state of the Korean Peninsula, the analysis of the North Korean political system and possibilities to find new approaches to North Korea in the era of President Biden. Dr. Schäfer in his analysis stressed that while hardliners in North Korea were currently dominating policies of the country, there were moderate forces more interested in opening and economic exchanges, which could be encouraged by appropriate policy and dialogue offers.


Dinner Meeting with the German Ambassador to Seoul

As part of his visit to Korea organized by Hanns-Seidel-Foundation Korea, Dr. Schäfer was also invited to a friendly dinner with diplomats and analysts by H.E. Michael Reiffenstuel, German Ambassador to Seoul.