IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea
Since 2010, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (WWICS) has partnered with the Institute for Far Eastern (IFES), Kyungnam University, to convene the IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea, an annual gathering designed to give a broader historical perspective to policy discussions on Korea in the United States.
The 2013 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea featured a keynote address by Ambassador Glyn Davies, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, a roundtable on leadership changes in East Asia, luncheon remarks by the Honorable Jae Kyu Park and Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn, and a panel discussion on North Korea’s crisis diplomacy
The 2011 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea featured panels on the role of North Korea’s military-diplomatic campaigns in Pyongyang’s foreign policy and prospects for economic development in North Korea. Within the context of these panels, participants will attempt to identify continuities in North Korea’s military adventurism from its early manifestations in the late 1960s to the most recent hostile acts of 2010. Panelists explored North Korea’s historic mistrust of multi-lateral institutions, including the Council for Mutual Economic Cooperation (COMECON), an organization created to facilitate and coordinate the economic development of the former Socialist bloc, and discuss prospects for economic reform and integrating the DPRK into the world economy. Gary Samore, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation, and Terrorism, gave the luncheon address.
The 2010 IFES-WWICS Washington Forum on Korea featured senior South Korean, Chinese, and U.S. policymakers and academics and explored the most pressing international issues affecting peace and security on the Korean peninsula and their deep historical roots. Panels discussed the historic and current role of stakeholder nations in influencing North Korean policy, limits to China's influence over the DPRK, and patterns in U.S.-ROK policy coordination on North Korea. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg gave the keynote address, while Director of the National Counterproliferation Center of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, offered luncheon remarks.