On March 28, 2015, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo moderated a panel discussion on economic and political challenges effecting Asia at the inaugural forum of the Rockford University Global Affairs Council in Rockford, Illinois. The panelists included Dr. Jin Park, former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification of the Korean National Assembly; Dr. Gil Rozman, Emeritus Musgrave Professor at Princeton University; and Dr. Roxana Idu, Assistant Professor of Economics at Rockford University. The event was kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the Vice President and Provost of Rockford University, Dr. Steven Siconolfi. The panelists held a wide ranging and vibrant discussion on political and economic relations among China, Korea, Japan, Russia, and the United States and how upheavals in other parts of the world affect Northeast Asia.
The Korea Economic Institute and the Korean Economic Society co-hosted Dr. Jack (Jookyung) Ree of the International Monetary Fund for a discussion on the outlook of Korea's economy in the face of the global financial crisis and slowdown.
Dr. Jack Ree’s presentation focused on the key challenges facing Korea’s economy, its outlook in the midst of the global economic slowdown, and a roadmap for rebalancing the economy for sustainable growth.