About the Asan Plenum

The Asan Plenum is a yearly gathering of the world’s leading experts and scholars. In addressing the most pressing problems 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 Asan Plenum is a two-day, multi-session conference organized by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Plenum Format The ‘conversational’ format of the Plenum is intended to maximize interaction among panelists and participants. Parallel breakout sessions will provide further opportunities for in-depth discussion and networking. The Plenum features 4 plenary sessions and 11 parallel break-out sessions. Each session is 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Table of Contents

Greetings from the President
About the Asan Plenum
About the Asan Institute
Day 1
Opening Ceremony
Welcoming Remarks
Keynote Address
Plenary Session I
G1 or G2?
Session 1
ROK-U.S. Alliance
U.S.-Japan Alliance
Plenary Session II
Collective Memory or Collective Future?
Book Launch
Born of This Land: My Life Story
Night Sessions
North Korea’s Choice: Nuclear Issue
North Korea’s Choice: Economic Reform
Day 2
Plenary Session III
Nationalism or Internationalism?
Session 2
Is Democracy in Crisis?
Immigrants or Refugees?
Values or Interests?
Session 3
Free Trade or Fair Trade?
Arms Control
Technology Competition or Cooperation?
Plenary Session IV
CVID or “Peaceful” Co-existence?
List of Participants
Asan People