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Event news: LSE SU Korea Future Forum

How refreshing to have a whole day conference on Korea without a mention of hallyu or the DPRK in the detailed programme (though security on the peninsula has a dedicated panel session in the afternoon).

Buy tickets for the LSE Student Union’s Korea Future Forum via Eventbrite (top price £40 plus booking fee)

LSE SU KOREA FUTURE FORUM 2017 – “How Are You Korea?”

Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
4 February 2017

LSE Korea Future Forum 2017

The LSE SU KFF is the largest student-run forum in the world discussing social, political and economic matters of the Korean peninsula. We aim to raise awareness of the political, economical and social issues of Korea, and encourage the discussion of such topics between students, throughout Europe.

To be held on the 4th February, 2017 at the LSE Old Theatre, the 2017 forum will be held under the topic of “How are you Korea?”. We will be exploring the current state of the Korean state, in numerous aspects including security, politics, economics, demographics and society. The forum includes keynotes, panel discussions and debates about the present and future of the Republic of Korea, especially regarding the prospect of declining democracy in Korea, rapidly declining fertility rates, whilst extensively discussing the issue of North Korean diplomacy.

We have confirmed highly influential speakers including:

  • Ms Saniye Gülser Corat: Director of the Division of Gender Equality at UNESCO
  • Professor Michael Murphy, Professor of Demography, London School of Economics
  • Dr François Heran: Director of Research at the National Institute of Economics Studies (INED), France
  • Professor David Coleman: Professor of Demography at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, St. John’s College, University of Oxford
  • Dr Victor Cha: Senior Advisor and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington D.C.
  • Dr John Nilsson-Wright: Senior Research fellow for Northeast Asia with the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London
  • Dr Aiden Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, University of Leeds
  • Ambassador John Everard: Former British Ambassador to North Korea
  • Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann: Founding Director of the Evian Group at IMD
  • Professor Hwy-Chang Moon: Professor of International Business Strategy, Seoul National University
  • Mr Randall Jones: Head of Korea Desk at OECD, former Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers, Washington D.C.
  • Sir Thomas Harris: Former Vice Chairman, Standard Chartered; Board Director, IBDE
  • Professor Stein Ringen: Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Professor John Dunn: Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at King’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Gabriel Jonsson: Associate Professor, Korean Department, University of Stockholm
  • Dr Hyun Bang Shin: Associate Professor in Geography and Urban Studies, London School of Economics

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact us at Some frequently asked questions can be found at
Please visit for the full agenda. A provisional agenda is below:

8:00am – 9:00am Registration and Refreshments
9:00am – 9:15am Opening Ceremony
9:15am – 10:15am Keynote – Society: Glass Ceilings and Glass Walls in East Asia: Are We Closing the Gender Gap?
Saniye Gülser Corat
10:15am – 12:00pm Panel – Democracy: Decline of Democracy in South Korea
Gabriel Jonsson | Hyun Bang Shin | Stein Ringen | John Dunn
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm Panel – Demographics: Korea on the Verge of Demographic Cliff
Francois Heran
2:00pm – 3:45pm Panel – Security: Changing Security Dynamics in the Korean Peninsula
John Nilsson-Wright | Victor Cha | Aidan Foster-Carter | John Everard
3:45pm – 4:00pm Refreshments
4:00pm – 5:45pm Panel – Economy: Forecasting Korea’s Economic Outlook
Hwy-Chang Moon | Randall Jones | Jean-Pierre Lehmann | Sir Thomas Harris
5:45pm – 6:00pm Closing Ceremony

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