Academic Symposium at the Association for Asian Studies Conference


For more than two decades, the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) has been partnering with organizations and universities throughout the country to hold the KEI Academic Symposium.  The symposium annually draws together leading scholars on Korea to discuss cutting edge issues on the peninsula. 

Since 2012, KEI has shifted course by working in collaboration with the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) to hold the symposium as a part of the annual AAS conference. At AAS, KEI will organize up to four panels on issues related to Korea and Northeast Asia.  As with prior Academic Symposia, KEI will commission papers from various scholars and analysts on particular topics that fall under those broad themes.  These papers will continue to be published as part of the Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies series.  KEI is working with Princeton University Professor Gilbert Rozman, former chair of the AAS program committee, to organize the panels for the AAS conference and edit the papers to produce the annual academic symposium volume.  KEI is preparing its efforts for the 2015 AAS conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois.

Below are details of the panels organized by KEI for the 2015 AAS Conference held in Chicago, IL:

Dealing with North Korean Provocations: Regional Military Responses and the Hope for a Diplomatic Solution

A Chinese Perspective on Dealing with North Korean Provocations
Xiaohe Cheng, Renmin University of China              

U.S. Deterrence Strategies and Alliance Cooperation Efforts in Response to North Korean Military Threats
Terence Roehrig, U.S. Naval War College           

Japan's Military Response to North Korean Provocations
Bonji Ohara, The Tokyo Foundation

South Korea's Deterrence Strategy and Policies for Better Inter-Korean Relations
Kyudok Hong, Sookmyung Women's University             

Moderator: Nicholas Hamisevicz, Korea Economic Institute of America

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015
    7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Level 2, Michigan A

Korean and Japanese Development Assistance and Trade with Southeast Asia

Korea's Development Assistance and Economic Outreach to Southeast Asia
Sungil Kwak, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)     

Japan is Back in Southeast Asia: Development Assistance and Economic Outreach to ASEAN
Tsutomu Kikuchi, Aoyama-Gakuin University

Exporting Korea's Development Model: Knowledge Sharing and the Lessons of
Korea's Economic History for Southeast Asia

Wonhyuk Lim, Korea Development Institute

Moderator: Troy Stangarone, Korea Economic Institute of America

  • Friday, March 27, 2015
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Level 2, Michigan A

Hedging or Balancing between China and the United States

Australia: Allied and Aligned
Malcolm Cook, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies                         

Understanding the Core ASEAN States' Alignment Choices: Variations on a (Hedging) Theme
Cheng-Chwee Kuik, National University of Malaysia

South Korean Foreign Policy Toward China and the United States
Jin Park, Asia Future Institute 

Indian Foreign Policy Toward China and the United States
Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund                          

Moderator: Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund

  • Saturday, March 28, 2015
    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Level 2, Michigan A


The Impact of National Identities on the Reunification of Korea

North Korean Defectors and Their Ties to Home: Mobile Phones, Money, and Family
Sandra Fahy, Sophia University         

South Korean Attitudes Toward North Korean Defectors
Jiyoon Kim, Asan Institute for Policy Studies       

The Impact of South Korean and Japanese National Identities on the Search for Korean Reunification
Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University

Moderator: Gilbert Rozman, Princeton University 

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015
    8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    Level 2, Michigan A

Papers from prior editions of the Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies volume can be found below.

Available online:

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2014

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2013

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2012

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2011 (Emerging Voices)

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2011

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2010

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2009

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2008

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2007

Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2006