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Korea Economic Institute presents

Reforging the Middle: Emerging Expert Perspectives on South Korean Middle Power Diplomacy

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Event Date

October 20th 9:00am - 10:00am EST

Event Location

Livestreamed on YouTube

Saeme Kim
PhD candidate, Department of European and International Studies
King’s College London
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Dongwoo Kim
J.D. candidate
University of Toronto
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Carolin Wefer
Series Editor
Foreign Policy Rising
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Moderated by

Jeffrey Robertson
Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies
Yonsei University
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With introductory remarks from:

Kyle Ferrier
Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs
Korea Economic Institute of America
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Event Description

Strained ties between the United States and China have presented new challenges for middle powers like South Korea, but the shifting geopolitical landscape may also provide new diplomatic opportunities. Far from being a shrimp caught among whales, as the old Korean proverb about great power competition goes, Seoul is well-positioned to shape its own future and take on leadership roles in major areas of global concern. Making the most of the country’s current situation, however, will require new and innovative approaches beyond the status quo.

Please join KEI for a discussion with three emerging experts on how South Korea should adapt to the new normal of U.S.-China rivalry, including arguments to abandon strategic ambiguity in favor of a principled middle power agenda as well as lean into its successes in developing Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and economic diplomacy.