Unification through Sports Diplomacy



The decision for North Korea to send athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics is monumental. Not only are the games hosted in South Korea, but the two countries will play games under a unified flag. This podcast, jointly hosted by Talyn Rahman-Figueroa and Jeannette Viens, looks into how sports diplomacy is used as a tool for unification whilst also examining how international sports can be used as a vehicle for propaganda.

Grassroot Diplomat Talks is the monthly podcast produced by Grassroot Diplomat, discussing the practices of diplomacy and international relations in today's modern world. Further information can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org


  • In its history, North Korea and South Korea have decided to participate in the Winter Olympics 2018 under a unified flag. Is this a teaser for potential talks of unification?
  • A look into reasons why Kim Jong-Un is sending athletes and possibilities of sponsorship deals and trade opportunities that the government can profit from
  • Defected North Koreans share stories of how sports is used as a tool to keep the nation fit more than a hobby performed for pleasure
  • One of the most senior North Korean diplomat in London defected to South Korea, describing his role as an Ambassador as being a “modern slave” to the regime