Korea at the Crossroads: Geopolitics, Economics and Political System

Tuesday 21 October 2014

International conference on Korea

Tags : Political system - Korea - Foreign Affairs - Economic policies

The rise of nationalism in North East Asia has made the region’s international situation more uncertain than ever. Can the so-called “Asian paradox” maintain the geopolitical status quo and minimal peace in North East Asia? And what would be foreign policy options available to Korea? In April, the shipwreck of the Sewol ferry, with more than 300 fatalities, suddenly revealed the crude reality of failing governance in Korea. Can the country reform its system and improve its governance, and how? In an effort to answer these questions, Asia Centre brings together to this international conference experts from France, other European countries and Korea.

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Tuesday 21st October 2014
09:00 to 18:00

Salle n°5
11 place Marcelin Berthelot
75005 Paris
M° Maubert-Mutualité / Cluny - La Sorbonne


09:00-09:15 - Registration

09:15-09:30 - Opening Ceremony
Jean-François Di Meglio, President, Asia Centre
France Lee Si-Hyung, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to OECD

09:30-12:00 - Competition and Cooperation: Korea’s role in Northeast Asia’s geopolitics and economics
Chair: Emmanuelle Lachaussée, Head of Far East Asia Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

  • Contemporary Geopolitical Situation of Northeast Asia
    François Godement, Professor, Sciences Po; Senior policy fellow and Director Asia and China’s Program, European Council on Foreign relations; Associate research fellow, Asia Centre, France
  • The role of Korea for Security and Cooperation in Northeast Asia: A lesson from the Helsinki process
    Suh Bo Hyug, Humanities Korea (HK) research professor of the Institute for Peace and unification Studies (IPUS), Seoul National University
  • Cyber Strategy of Northeast Asian States: competition without cooperation?
    Candice Tran Dai, Associate member & Cyberspace Program Manager, Asia Centre, France
  • Economic Cooperation in Northeast Asia: is economic regionalization possible?
    Werner Pascha, Professor, University of Duisburg, Germany
  • Some Recommendable Trade Politicies for North Korea
    Patrick Messerlin, Professor Emeritus, Sciences Po Paris, France
  • Alternative Approach for Peace-Building on the Korean Peninsula; DMZ and Green Detente
    Lee Jae-Seung, Professor, Korea University, Korea

14:00-18:00 -  Introduction to the Korean Political System

14:00-15:50 - Panel 1: The South Korean Constitutional Regime and Political Governance
Chair: Valérie Gelézeau, Professor, Center for Korean Studies, EHESS, France

  • The 1987 Constitution of the Republic of Korea Revisited
    Lee Chung-Hee, Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea
  • The Specificity of French Presidential Regime; Some Features of Comparison with Korean Presidential Regime Daniel Gaxie, Professor, University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Assessing the Quality of Democratic Governance: Korea compared to the European States
    Choe Yonhyok, Director, Scandinavian Institute for Policy Studies, Sweden

15:50-16:10 - Coffee Break

16:10-18:00 - Panel 2: Some Aspects of the Political Process of South Korea
Chair: Alain Delissen, Director, Institute of Korean Studies, Collège de France

  • Women’s Political Participation in Korea and the Electoral Quota System
    Kim Minjeoung, Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Seoul
  • South Korean Political Elite Originating from the Northern Part of the Peninsula: builders of division or of reconciliation ?
    Marie-Orange Rivé-Lasan, Professor, Paris Diderot University, UMR 8173, France
  • Family, School, Sports and “Hallyu”: the Alternative Political Channels in Today’s South Korea
    Pascal Dayez-Burgeon, Deputy Director, Institute of Communication Sciences of CNRS, France

Concluding Remarks
Yoo Junghwan, Editor-in-chief of Korea Analysis , Asia Centre, France; Professor emeritus at Cheongju University

This conference is organized by Asia Centre with the participation of The Institute of Korean Studies (IEC) of The Collège de France, under the auspice of Academy of Korean Studies.

Registration / information before 20 October: koreaanalysis@centreasia.eu
within the limits of available seats

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