Press Release

Press Release
May 7, 2024
Communications Department

* Press embargo: 5/7 (Tue) 12pm

The Asan Plenum 2024: “Future of Asia: Prosperity and Security”

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies ( will host the Asan Plenum 2024 on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul under the theme “Future of Asia: Prosperity and Security.” Despite facing numerous challenges, Asia has continued to prosper. However, the region still confronts both longstanding and emerging issues, including North Korea’s ongoing nuclear threat and conflicts among competing power blocs. This year’s Asan Plenum discusses strategies for Asia to preserve peace and sustain prosperity amidst these challenges.

At the Asan Plenum, Honorary Chairman Chung Mong-Joon will deliver a welcoming speech. This will be followed by congratulatory remarks by Kim Hong Kyun, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, and Dr. Edwin Feulner, the founder of the Heritage Foundation. Dr. Kurt Campbell, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech via video.

This year’s Plenum will feature more than 50 international experts on foreign policy and security, including Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former President of the World Bank; Karen House, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal; John Hamre, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; James Steinberg, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of the State; Randall Schriver, former Deputy Secretary of State; Jia Qingguo, Professor at Peking University; Kim Sung-han, Professor at Korea University and former National Security Advisor; and Morimoto Satoshi, former Defense Minister of Japan.

The Asan Plenum 2024 will feature seven sessions exploring responses to security risks that threaten Asia’s prosperity. Participants will discuss key issues affecting Asian security and prosperity, including the changing security architecture in Asia, the region’s economic order, new security challenges, arms race, Asia’s flashpoints, North Korea’s nuclear threat, and the implications of the 2024 U.S. presidential election.

* Also note that only members of the media with an official ASAN press badge will be permitted for entry. You should carry your official press badge and/or press credentials and a personal ID with you while on the venue.
* All sessions will be conducted in English with simultaneous Korean interpretation.