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Assessing North Korean Economic Reforms 
Thursday,  20 April 2006
Co-sponsored with the Korean Economic Institute (KEI), Center for Korean Research (CKR), and WEAI.
The first panel considered North Korea's domestic economy, and was chaired by Professor Samuel Kim, Director of CKR, Senior Research Associate at WEAI, Columbia University. Scott Rembrandt, Director of Research and Academic Affairs, KEI, and Alexander Vorontsov, Brookings Institution, were speakers.  Professor Yoon-Ha Yoo, Visiting Scholar from the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, served as  discussant. The second panel focused on North Korea's International Economic Relations, and was chaired by Hugh Patrick, Co-Director, APEC Study Center. Sue Bremner, Political Unit Chief, Office of Korean Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S. Department of State, and Bradley Babson, formerly of the World Bank, were speakers, and Dr. Robert Immerman, Senior Research associate at WEAI, served as discussant. Ms. Bremner presented her views and those of the State Department in a very forthright manner, leading to a stimulating discussion as she engaged both panelists and audience members trying to understand the complex positions and negotiations involved in the Six-Party talks. 


The WTO at 10:

Governance, Dispute Settlement & Developing Countries

Wednesday,  5 April 2006 - Friday, 7 April 2006
This was the final and largest of a series of five conferences held at academic institutions worldwide considering the past, present and future of the World Trade Organization and its Appellate Body on the occasion of its tenth year. Merit Janow, Professor in the Practice of International Economic Law & International Affairs at SIPA, serves as the North American member to the WTO Appellate Body.

Carole Brookins, Joseph Stiglitz, Merit Janow

Ernesto Zedillo, Jagdish Bhagwati

David Dinkins, George Rupp

The conference brought together 65 speakers, including academics, legal experts, journalists, current and past members of the WTO Appellate Body, trade and foreign ministers from five countries, former heads of state, former U.S. trade representatives, and other leaders. Among non-U.S. APEC member economies, the conference was honored by the participation of Hyun-Chong Kim, Korea's Minister for Trade; Seiichi Kondo, Japan's Ambassador for International Trade and Economy in its Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mitsuo Matsushita, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University and former member of the WTO Appellate Body; Mari Pangestu, Indonesia's Minister of Trade; Zhenyu Sun, China's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO; Yasuhei Taniguchi, Member of the WTO Appellate Body; and Ernesto Zedillo, Professor and Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Yale University and former President of Mexico.

The evening opened with a dinner featuring a keynote discussion on "The Uruguay Round and the WTO: What Have We Achieved?" and continued over the next two dayswith eight panels and three more keynote sessions exploring other aspects of dispute resolution and other key international trade issues. Approximately 320 people from the academic, non-profit, governmental and private sectors attended portions or all of the conference.  A report is available.

This event was made possible with the support of the Hewlett Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, American International Group, the United States Council on International Business, the Japan External Trade Organization, and many institutions within Columbia University: the Law School, the Center on Japanese Economy and Business, the Leitner Fund, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), WEAI, the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business, the Center for International Business Education and Research, and especially the President's Office, who hosted the opening dinner as a World Leaders Forum event.

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