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President Hahm Chaibong and Dr. Lee Jaehyon (Center for Regional Studies) of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies participated in the Singapore Forum 2016 held under the theme of “Asia and the World – Shared Opportunity, Shared Prosperity” on 1-2 April 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Before the opening of the Forum, President Hahm also held a breakfast meeting with Mr. Peter Tan, Singapore’s current Deputy Secretary and former Ambassador to South Korea.

Following Mr. Tokayev’s opening address, President Hahm acted as the moderator of the first plenary session, “New Model of Great Powers Relations: What it Means for Asia?” The Forum covered other regional political and economic topics such as opening markets within and beyond the ASEAN region and economic opportunity in a time of uncertainty. Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore, Dr. Jeffrey Bader, former Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council of the United States, Mr. Li Zhaoxing, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of People’s Republic of China, and Dr. Narongchai Akrasanee, former Minister of Commerce of Thailand were among notable speakers.
Date: April 1, 2016 6:30 p.m. – April 2, 2016 4:30 p.m.
Location: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

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Hahm Chaibong
Hahm Chaibong


Dr. HAHM Chaibong is the president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, he was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, professor in the School of International Relations and the Department of Political Science as well as the director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, Director (D-1) of the Division of Social Sciences Research & Policy at UNESCO in Paris, and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Yonsei University. Dr. Hahm is the author of numerous books and articles, including “China’s Future is South Korea’s Present,” Foreign Affairs, (Sep/Oct 2018), Hanguk Saram Mandeulgi (Becoming Korean), Vols. I, II, (Asan Academy, 2017), “Keeping Northeast Asia ‘Abnormal’: Origins of the Liberal International Order in Northeast Asia and the New Cold War,” Asan Forum (Sep., 2017), “South Korea’s Miraculous Democracy,” Journal of Democracy (Jul., 2008), “The Two South Koreas: A House Divided,” The Washington Quarterly (Jun., 2005), and Confucianism for the Modern World (co-edited with Daniel A. Bell, Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Lee Jaehyon
Lee Jaehyon

Center for ASEAN and Oceania Studies

Dr. LEE Jaehyon is a senior fellow of the Center for ASEAN and Oceanian Studies at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Lee was a research fellow at the Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (KISEAS) and a visiting professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Korean National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA). Dr. Lee’s research focuses on Southeast Asian politics and international relations, East Asian regional cooperation, and non-traditional and human security issues. His recent publications include “Transnational Natural Disasters and Environmental Issues in East Asia,” IFANS Review (2011), “Political Crises after Democratization in South Korea and Thailand: Comparative Perspectives of Democratic Consolidation,” Korea Observer (2008), “A 2+2 for the Future: The First Korea-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministers’ Meeting,” (2013), “Identifying South Korea’s Regional Partners: On the Environment, Family Values, Politics and Society,” (2015). Dr. Lee received a B.A. and M.A. from Yonsei University and his Ph.D. in politics from Murdoch University, Australia.