Asan Plenum

The Asan Plenum 2013 – “New World Disorder”

Press Conference with Kurt Campbell taking place on April 30

 The Asan Institute for Policy Studies will host the Asan Plenum 2013: “New World Disorder” on Apr. 30 (Tues.) – May 1 (Wed.) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul. Live-streaming will be available via Ustream and the Plenum website (

 Under the overarching theme of “New World Disorder,” Kurt Campbell (former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), James Steinberg (former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State), Michael Schiffer (former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia) and Guy Sorman (a French economist and author) will be among the 300 scholars and experts on security and foreign affairs attending the Plenum this year.

 On April 30 (Tues.), from 10:30AM to 11:30AM, a press conference with Kurt Campbell will take place in the press room (Namsan 2). Dr. Campbell will deliver a 20-minute speech titled “The Future of US Policy in Asia and the North Korea Challenge,” followed by a 40-minute Q&A session with the press. Press must register to attend the press conference (

 Some topics of discussion for this year’s Plenum are, “New World Disorder,” “Evolving New World Order in East Asia,” “Crisis and Reform of Global Capitalism,” and “Democracy and Economic Crisis.”

 Leading scholars and experts on security and foreign affairs will redefine the meaning of “disorder,” and look for possible solutions to current crises witnessed around the globe, including the recent security crisis taking place in the East Asian region.

 The Asan Plenum is an annual gathering of experts and scholars to address a variety of current issues. By engaging different perspectives and insights, the Asan Plenum aims to bring forth better policy alternatives on many of the pressing issues faced by the world today.

* All sessions will be conducted in English.
* Online press registration is required:
* Embargo Release Date for each session is as specified on Panel Descriptions and Talking Points.

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies is an independent think tank that provides innovative policy solutions and spearheads public discourse on the core issues in Korea, East Asia and the world. Our goal is to assist policymakers to make better informed and mutually beneficial policy decisions.

The Asan Institute, established in 2008, has successfully hosted a series of international conferences including the Asan Plenum, the Asan China Forum and the Asan Nuclear Forum. It has also published a number of books such as China’s Foreign Policy, Japan In Crisis, and The Arab Spring.