Upcoming Events

On April 26-27, 2016, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies will host the Asan Plenum 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, Korea.

The Asan Plenum is a yearly gathering of the world’s leading experts and scholars. In addressing the most pressing challenges facing the world with expertise from around the globe, the Asan Plenum aims to impact the policy making process and enable the global community to better deal with the challenges it faces.

The theme of this year’s Asan Plenum is “The New Normal.” In today’s world, there seem to be too many things that are not normal that are being accepted in the name of the “new normal.” Even though many condemn and worry about the situation in Syria, ISIS inspired terrorism, the migration crisis in Europe, the Ukraine-Russia situation, the fraying of the EU, South China Sea, and North Korean nuclear crisis, just to name a few, they are all increasingly viewed as “intractable,” amenable only to “long-term solutions,” and hence accepted as the “new normal.”

Even though the slower economic growth in China is, indeed, a “new normal” that must be accepted as it is, what the world needs in the case of the other crises is inspired leadership from individual leaders and nations. The problem is that given the election year in the US, the economic downturn in China, turmoil in the EU, and near-crisis in Russia, continuing economic doldrums in Japan, etc., it is difficult to see where this needed global leadership and new vision will come from. This year’s Asan Plenum hopes to address these questions.

This year’s Plenum will bring together distinguished experts, policymakers, scholars, and members of the media in Seoul for two days to provide insights and seek answers to these questions. The Plenum will feature four plenary sessions and 12 panels over two days.

Date: April 26-27, 2016
Place: The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, Korea

For the latest updates, please visit our Asan Plenum 2016 website.

* Please be advised the Asan Plenum is an invitation-only event due to capacity and security reasons.