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A Robert Scalapino Memorial Dialogue
The Korean Peninsula and Strategic Risk
The Seoul-Beijing-Pyongyang Triangle
CKR/KEI Policy Forum
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Corporate Legacies: In Conversation with Nicholas Bratt
Korea, the United States and Cross-Investment Opportunities
Monday, October 21, 2013
The Korea Society, New York, NY
Speaker: Park Jong Soo, Chairman, Korea Financial Investment Association and the International Council of Securities Associations
Chairman Park addressed Korean investments in America and opportunities for Americans in Korea. The U.S. is Korea's number-one investment destination at over $17 billion a year, a number growing through new partnerships across diverse areas, including financial markets. Chairman Park focused on the financial sector and regulatory challenges.
Organized by The Korea Society
The Asian Century and the Global Response
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
H.E. Dr. Marty Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, delivered his lecture on “Indonesia and East Asia” at a Special Event sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI), the School of International and Public Affairs, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center, and the Southeast Asian Student Initiative. After remarks and an introduction by Myron L. Cohen, Director of WEAI, Dr. Natalegawa opened his lecture by introducing “two kinds of pathways” open to East Asia in the near and distant future. He described one path of peaceful prosperity, stability, and continued economic growth and another path marked by increased tension, threats, and territorial disputes: “How do we manage or address change?” He warned against the “return of a Cold War type approach or mindset” that would create fault lines in the region. He remarked on Indonesia’s purposeful and deliberate pursuit of the first vision and, subsequently, put forward the challenges associated with embarking upon that path, along with potential solutions. To read a full report, click here.
The Asian Century and the Global Response
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Co-sponsored with the Australian National University and the Australian Consulate-General of New York.
A Limited Peace: The Korean War Armistice after Sixty Years
Friday, 3 May 2013
This day-long conference addressed the state of the Korean War armistice on its 60-year anniversary. Charles Armstrong, The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History and director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University, introduced and moderated the conference. Session One concerned the geopolitics of Korean division, and commenced with a keynote address by Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History and the College and Chair, Department of History at the University of Chicago, who weighed in on whether the armistice has been effective in holding the peace in Korea. Other speakers included Professor Avram Agov from Harvard University and Professor Armstrong, who discussed the political and historical aspects of the armistice, followed by Andrew Nathan from Columbia University who served as a discussant.
Following lunch, there was a screening of Pak Sang-ho’s heartrending 1965 film “The DMZ (Pimujang chidae).” Session Two focused on the cultural and literary dimensions of national division, and commenced with a talk by Professor Suk-Young Kim from the University of California-Santa Barbara the unlikely collusion of trauma and tourism around the DMZ. Professor Susie Kim from the University of Virginia then discussed themes of suspended temporality, unknowability and impermanence in Park Wan-seo's fiction and the film Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War (2004). Professor Theodore Hughes from Columbia University served as a discussant. Finally, Marilyn Young from New York University offered a critique of U.S. policies, asserting that "peace on the [Korean] peninsula has been held hostage to America's needs."
Organized by the Center for Korean Research and also co-sponsored by the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies.
The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: One Year On
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Speaker: Wendy Cutler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Moderator: Nikita Desai, Director of Policy & Corporate Programs, The Korea Society
Ms. Cutler recounted the experience of implementing the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) over its first year, and declared it a success overall. There had been many tariffs cut, resulting in an increase in exports from both sides; her office has received many phone calls from companies who are seeking to take advantage of the new rules. She said that integrating the auto industry into a scheme of reduced tariffs was the biggest hurdle, but that it had been overcome, resulting in reduced auto tariffs will be in place for five years, and trucks for eight years. And since Hyundai and Kia have auto plants in the United States, these reduced tariffs are actually expanding jobs here too.
After her presentation, Ms. Cutler faced a slew of questions from the audience. One questioner asked about the increase in agricultural products exported from Korea to the United States; she acknowledged that there had been an increase, but mostly to ethnic Korean communities, showing the competitive advantage that countries have. Another asked about President Obama’s promise to combat climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, noting that the FTA had relaxed auto emissions standards. Ms. Cutler replied that these rules were only for low-volume exports, since it had been determined that it would be uneconomical for this category of industry to have too many standards imposed on them.
As a result of the success of the U.S.-Korea FTA, Ms. Cutler believes that Korea would be a natural fit for integration into the newly-proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Her office has been consulting with Korea about this proposal regularly, so if they want to participate they’ll be ready to join the negotiations.
Organized by The Korea Society.
Spring 2013 Distinguished Speaker in International Finance and Economic Policy
Richard W. Fisher, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: An Economic & Monetary Policy Outlook
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
China’s Independent Think Tanks: A Comparative Perspective
Monday, 4 February 2013
Banker to the World—Lessons from the Front Lines of Global FinanceTuesday, 15 January 2013
APEC 2013: Resilient Asia-Pacific: Engine of Global GrowthThursday, 10 January 2013 The Asia Society hosted a two person panel including Atul Keshap, the U.S. State Department’s senior official for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Wendy Cutler, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC Affairs in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Mr. Keshap began his remarks with a summary of APEC economies’ value to the global economy. He concluded that APEC is the “beating heart of the economic and trade dynamism of the APEC region.” Mr. Keshap then described APEC’s strengths as a “trendsetter” for regulation through the use of forward-leaning, nonbinding resolutions, a body with high level commitments that offer the power of moral suasion, and a facilitator of business interests. Mr. Keshap outlined the U.S. goals for APEC’s 2013 Indonesia year as (1) furthering the Bogor Goals for open trade and investment, (2) promoting sustainable growth with equity, and (3) promoting connectivity. Ms. Cutler followed Mr. Keshap’s remarks with an emphasis on the trade aspects of the USTR’s engagement with APEC. She highlighted four key areas that the USTR’s office will bring forward in APEC’s Indonesia year: eliminating non-tariff barriers on environmental goods, enhancing regulatory practices, limiting local content requirements, and improving supply chain performance. Ms. Cutler also emphasized that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a U.S. priority, but it will complement rather than replace APEC. The panel was moderated by Monica Whaley, the president of the National Center for APEC. It was hosted by the Asia Society, and co-sponsored by the US-APEC Business Coalition.
APEC Study Center at Columbia University
Columbia University, 3022 Broadway
2M-9 Uris Hall
New York, NY 10027-7004
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