[Asan Proceedings] “The Second Middle East Boom and the Search for South Korea’s Middle East Strategy.”
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to announce the release of the conference proceedings booklet from the June 27 roundtable hosted by the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Center, titled “The Second Middle East Boom and the Search for South Korea’s Middle East Strategy.”
On June 27th, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted a roundtable examining the causes, characteristics, and potential consequences of the rapidly growing economic ties between South Korea and the Middle East. The roundtable discussion, titled “The ‘Second Middle East Boom’ and the Search for South Korea’s Middle East Strategy,” invited leading Korean experts from government, the construction and oil industries, and the research and academic community to share their views and insights on the major trends and developments shaping Korea’s economic relationship with the Middle East.
Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.