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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

KEI visits the U.S. Air Force Academy

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Event Date

February 3rd 12:00pm - 12:00am EST

Event Description

On February 3, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado hosted a KEI University Program that featured speakers Michael Finnegan, Bill Drennan, and Nicole Finnemann and covered The U.S.-ROK alliance and the challenges it faces as well as a discussion on the Six Party Talks. The event consisted of three separate programs and matched speakers with both the faculty and cadets at the Academy.
On February 3, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado hosted a KEI University Program that featured speakers Michael Finnegan, Bill Drennan, and Nicole Finnemann and covered The U.S.-ROK alliance and the challenges it faces as well as a discussion on the Six Party Talks. The event consisted of three separate programs and matched speakers with both the faculty and cadets at the Academy.

In a morning seminar with the faculty of the Military Strategic Studies department at the Academy, the following two presentations were made followed by a robust open discussion:

"A look at North-South relations in the current and previous 2 administrations (i.e. the 'lost decade'), and how ROK Policy towards the North has affected the U.S.-ROK alliance"
William M. Drennan

"Planning for the future of North Korea: the U.S.-ROK alliance and Contingency planning"
Michael Finnegan

During an afternoon brown bag presentation open to both cadets and faculty of Political Science, Economics, and Strategic studies, Finnegan and Drennan addressed questions from the audience in an extended Q&A forum on U.S.-ROK and U.S.-DPRK relations.

The final program at the Academy placed participating cadets in the roles of China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, South Korea and the United States for a simulated Six Party Talks summit. Cadets engaged in the many challenges facing the Six Party process in a fictional scenario designed to expose students with limited to no prior knowledge of the talks to both historical and current issues facing the talks. The simulation was conducted by Nicole Finnemann of KEI, who has facilitated the simulation for over 270 students from various universities.

In a morning seminar with the faculty of the Military Strategic Studies department at the Academy, the following two presentations were made followed by a robust open discussion:

• A look at North-South relations in the current and previous 2 administrations (i.e. the “lost decade”), and how ROK Policy towards the North has affected the U.S.-ROK alliance
William M. Drennan

• Planning for the future of North Korea: the U.S.-ROK alliance and Contingency planning
Michael Finnegan

During an afternoon brown bag presentation open to both cadets and faculty of Political Science, Economics, and Strategic studies, Finnegan and Drennan addressed questions from the audience in an extended Q&A forum on U.S.-ROK and U.S.-DPRK relations.

The final program at the Academy placed participating cadets in the roles of China, Japan, Russia, North Korea, South Korea and the United States for a simulated Six Party Talks summit. Cadets engaged in the many challenges facing the Six Party process in a fictional scenario designed to expose students with limited to no prior knowledge of the talks to both historical and current issues facing the talks. The simulation was conducted by Nicole Finnemann of KEI, who has facilitated the simulation for over 270 students from various universities.