2019 LSE SU Korea Future Forum: Progression or Regression?

This year’s Korea Future Forum looks particularly interesting for the two keynote addresses, especially prosecutor Seo Ji-hyun. Full speaker details and more on the conference’s website and Facebook page.

2019 LSE SU Korea Future Forum

Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Saturday 2 March 2019, 9:30 AM – 5:20 PM
Tickets £40 (students £20) | Buy tickets

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Economic downturn. Brexit. Trump, Moon and Kim Jong-Un.

Technological disruption. Market volatility. Cultural conflict.

In the wake of a series of recent cataclysmic events that transformed and disrupted the global community and Korea, the LSE Student Union Korea Future Forum has committed to organise our annual conference under the title of “Korea’s Breakthrough: Progression and Regression”.

We will tackle today’s key global themes shaping world’s economic, political, societal and cultural trends, and identify how they are affecting Korea. Inviting high-profile academics and professionals, we will create an interactive dialogue and debate upon the global issues and Korea’s unique aspects.

The conference will help audience not only to gain a deeper understanding in prominent global issues and the integral role of Korea in shaping the issues, but also to build a network with fellow audience and speakers for their further intellectual and professional pursuit.

The topics that we will cover include:

– FOREIGN POLICY: South Korea, North Korea and the US
– TRADE WAR: Crisis, Development and Implication
– 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: In the Midst of Innovation and Threat
– MODERN FEMINISM: Responses and Reactions to #MeToo Movement
– MULTICULTURALISM: Cultural Homogeneity and Yemeni Refugee Crisis

9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Opening Ceremony
10:15 – 11:40 Panel: Foreign Policy (Dr. James E. Hoare, Dr. Mathieu Duchatel, Martin Uden, Prof. Aidan Foster Carter, and Prof. Stephan Haggard)

1. DENUCLEARISATION:

  • In what ways could the denuclearisation lead to a bad outcome, with going concerns around North Korea continuing to maintain hidden nuclear sites?
  • What does the denuclearisation of North Korea imply in global society? Would it help North Korea to be recognised as a formal state and maintain their regime, or threaten its internal stability and existence as a state?

2. TRILATERAL RELATIONSHIP (BETWEEN SOUTH KOREA, NORTH KOREA, US)

  • What is the likely relationship going to be for these three countries, considering there are increasing talks of peace and specific actions under negotiations taken?
  • What would be the appropriate role of South Korea for stabilization, settlement of peace and cooperation for denuclearization and economic cooperation between the relationship, and if yes, what is required to South Korea in driving the relationship?

3. BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP (BETWEEN SOUTH KOREA AND NORTH KOREA)

  • To what extent the past Inter-Korean summits have been successful in facilitating economic, social and cultural cooperation and prosperity between the two Koreas? Would the terms and conditions of negotiations be a cornerstone of peace settlement and shared development in the future?
  • What is expected to further summits and responsibilities of each country? What should be entailed to implement the approved terms of negotiations?
11:40 – 12:30 Keynote: Modern Feminism in Korea (Ji Hyun Seo)

1. CURRENT STATE OF FEMINIST MOVEMENT

  • What are the key features of feminism in Korea today?
  • What is the position of women in the Korean workforce and have there been anyefforts for gender equality?
  • How was the #MeToo movement initiated and developed in Korea? What are theunderlying economic, social, and cultural factors?
  • What have been the effects of the #MeToo movement on i) the feminist movement in Korea ii) Korean society?
  • Is it justifiable to argue that the impact of the #MeToo movement was i) notably powerful ii) for the progression of the feminist movement in Korea?

2. RESPONSES AND REACTIONS

  • What were the societal and individual reactions to your interview which is consideredto have provided a gateway to open discussion regarding feminism?
  • What are the ways in which the feminist movement and public sentiment on feminismcan proceed from here?
  • In regards to the recent chain of events, how might individual audience members respond?
12:30 – 13:20 Lunch
13:20 – 14:40 Panel: Trade War (Dr. Yi Huang, Andrew Cainey, Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo, and Kent Deng)

1. REASONS FOR WAR

  • Although there are a plethora of reasons and excuses for the initiation of the economic conflict, what are the leading factors?
  • To what extent is America’s fear of the rapid economic growth of China thefundamental explanation for the build-up to the war?
  • Was this conflict unavoidable or an inevitable fate destined to arise?

2. IMPLICATIONS AND WHAT’S NEXT, PROGRESSION OR REGRESSION?

Since South Korea’s two largest exporting nations are the US and China, how severe has the impact been on the country? Will the country genuinely need to plan for the long term? Tit-for-that suggests that if one nation increases tariffs, the other will follow and therefore it is highly unlikely that the two nations will continue this lose-lose scenario for much longer.

1) Macroeconomic Perspective

  • To what extent can low and falling inflation rates (1.73% in 2018) be attributed to stuttering demand for exports caused directly by the trade war?
  • As South Korea heavily depends on exports to China and the US in sustaining itseconomy, how has the conflict impacted South Korea in relation to other countries?
  • Assuming the war continues, how can the South Korean government brace for theworst and ensure progression rather than regression? With what economic tools?
  • Are there some possible unexpected opportunities to gain from the conflict, such asa rise in reshoring which may help create domestic job opportunities?

2) Microeconomic Perspective

  • Have some companies in South Korea been positively impacted by the ongoingwar? Samsung Electronics, for example, has seen benefits to the war due to U.S. sales restrictions on Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE.
  • How should Korean firms prepare for economic uncertainty caused by the trade tensions?
14:40 – 15:30 Keynote: Multiculturalism (Dr. In-Jin Yoon)
1. NOTIONS OF KOREAN HOMOGENEITY

  • What are the common conceptions of being Korean?
  • What are the historical reasons and implications of this rigid nationalistic view?

2. PUBLIC PERCEPTION AND GOVERNMENT ACTION

  • What is the common thought towards multiculturalism and foreigners in Korean society? How has this perception changed as time passes by?
  • What government policies were implemented in South Korea to aid the transition towards a more multicultural society? Have they been effective in facilitating gradual, free-of-conflict transition towards the multicultural society? If not, what additional actions should be taken?

3. MULTICULTURALISM AS A BENEFIT

  • Is multiculturalism unavoidable in this globalising world?
  • Will the globalisation and influx of immigrants into Korea benefit Korean society? What will be the benefits and harms, and how could the Korean society maximise thebenefits and minimise harms?

4. YEMENI REFUGEE CRISIS IN KOREA

  • Are the concerns around refugees and immigrants in South essentially different from those in other countries or global trends? If yes, how are they different?
  • Why are some more reluctant to accept refugees while others are more willing? (incultural, historical, ethnic context) What reasons does each side provide as the basis of their argument, and to what extent are the reasons valid in these days?
  • How is the refugee issue in a homogenous country different from the issue in a heterogenous society?
15:30 – 15:50 Refreshment
15:50 – 17:10 Panel: Korea’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (Prof. Lutfey Sidiqqi, Dr. Robyn Klingler-Vidra)

1. GLOBAL CONTEXT AND ECONOMIC, SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Will the fourth industrial revolution be beneficial to the country’s economy?

  • What are the changes that occurred so far, in global context? How have the changesbeen reshaping global industries, economies and broader communities?
  • Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution create more opportunities for economic growth and societal progress, or bring about more income inequality and social immobility?

2. INDUSTRY
How will the new technology emerge into the market and be commercialised?

  • What will be the influence of 4.0 automation, IoT and AI across different industries?
  • What are the possible factors that cause South Korean industries to ‘lose out / be ahead’in the global market? What should the industries do not to regress but progress in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution?

3. GOVERNMENT POLICIES
Is the government prepared for adapting the technological innovation?

  • Have the South Korean government policies been really effective in facilitating technological advancement in response the innovation? If not, what policies should be additionally enacted?
  • How should the Korean government work together with private sectors to raise efficiency in technological development and make progression across the 4th Industrial Revolution?
17:10 – 17:20 Closing Ceremony

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