Asia and the World Series: Transformation of East Asia and Korean Diplomacy

On April 10th, 2017, Young-sun Ha, Chairman of East Asia Institute, gave a lecture to the students in the Asia and the World about “Transformation of East Asia and Korean Diplomacy.” Chairman Ha gave a presentation on the current relationships among the East Asian countries based on 7 major factors; the relationship between the United States and China, North Korea’s nuclear program, the issue of THAAD, South Korea-U.S.-Japan network, Asia-Pacific economic discipline, alliance defense costs, and an operating system for the Asia-Pacific Region. At the end of the session, he also answered the questions from the participating students about the effectiveness of the conferences among countries and the complex politics.

Challenges to the Rule-Based International Order: Opportunities for ROIK-Australia Cooperation

On April 13th, 2017, Gordon Flake, the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, gave a special lecture on “Challenges to the Rule-Based International Order: Opportunities for ROK-Australia Cooperation.” Explaining the importance of the liberal world order to countries like Korea and Australia, he highlighted the need for like-minded countries with shared interests and share values to work closely to reinforce the standards, norms and institutions which sustain that order. At the end of the session, he also answered several questions from the participating students about the possibility of ROK-Australia cooperation in terms of North Korea issue and the potential of the MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia).

FTA Commerce & Strategy Seminar Series 2: The Economic Consequences of President Trump

On April 12, 2017, Dr. Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), gave a special lecture to the students on the topic of “The Economic Consequences of President Trump.” Dr. Hufbauer brought his insight about President Trump’s ambitious goals relevant to real GDP growth, job creations, and the US trade deficit. He also explained about the Korean trade barriers to the US exports such as technical barriers to trade, services and investment barriers. At the end of the session, Dr. Hufbauer also answered many questions from the participating students about how other countries should respond to new fiscal and trade policy plans by the Trump Administration.

GATT Accession 50 Anniversary for Korea

On April 13, 2017, Kora International Trade Association (KITA) and SNU GSIS were pleased to host the forum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) accession for Korea. The forum invited 8 trade experts to present and discuss on the topic, “The History of 50-year Korean Trade Liberalization and its Future Path.” Session I began with the overview of the sub-topic, “the 50-year History of Korean Trade Liberalization”. The debate was by 3 panelists: Seung Wha Chang, a professor of Law at SNU; Jung Taik Hyun, the President of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP); and JongKap Kim, the Chairman and CEO of Siemens Ltd. Seoul. Session II followed with the overview of the sub-topic, “The Future Goal and Role of Korean Trade Policy”was moderated by Yoon Heo, the Dean and a professor of GSIS, Sogang University. The debate about the given sub-topic was discussed by T. Byung-Rin Yoo, a visiting professor of College of Life and Science, Kyungpook National University; and Byung-il Choi, a professor of Ewha Womans University.

The 31st Int. Development Policy Seminar: Understanding Korea’s ODA Policy and Framework.

On March 28th, 2017, Joon-ho Maeng, Senior Deputy Director, ODA Bureau at Prime Minister’s Office, gave a lecture to the students in the International Development Policy Seminar about “Understanding Korea’s ODA Policy and Framework. He gave a presentation on background information and concepts on ODA and framework, policy, volume, allocation, and evaluation of Korea’s ODA project. Students were given the chance to discuss various relevant topics with the deputy director about the development, impact, and future outlook of Korea’s ODA.

Campus Asia Field Trip to Busan

From March 31st to April 1st, 2017, spring semester Campus Asia crews went to Busan as the first field trip. It was only 2 days trip, but members visited lots of tour sites as Haeundae beach, APAC summit memorial hall in Dongback island, International Market, Fish Market, Gamcheon Art Village. The Campus Asia students experienced many historical, famous sites in Busan, and spent precious time with professor and colleagues. The students discussed about the Campus Asia program and the differences between the countries. By participating at the Campus Asia field trip, students could learn about second big city in Korea, and was a poerfect opportunity to understand the geographic differences within Korean peninsula.