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Three months after signing a six-point inter-Korean communique on August 25th that called for talks “at an early date,” South and North Korea are poised to resume high-level discussions on December 11th. The talks, which will be held between vice-minister level officials from each side at the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea, come on the heels of a recent round of family reunions. While these recent developments are indications that Seoul and Pyongyang are working toward a thaw in relations, the two Koreas have made similar headway before, only for relations to slip back into tension. Helping to frame the upcoming talks and provide some broader historical context to the turbulent inter-Korean relationship over the decades is Jongdae Shin, Professor of political science at the University of North Korean Studies, Seukryule Hong, Professor of history at Sungshin Women’s University, Narushige Michishita, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), and James Person, historian and Coordinator of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy.