Press Release

Press Release
April 1, 2016
Ms Heesun Kim

* For Immediate Release


The Asan Plenum 2016, “New Normal”


SEOUL, April 1, 2016 – The Asan Institute for Policy Studies ( will host the Asan Plenum 2016 on April 26(Tue.) – 27(Wed.) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, Korea.

John Hamre, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), will deliver the keynote address, and Kurt Campbell, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense will present the welcoming dinner speech.

The Conference will bring together distinguished experts, policymakers, scholars, and members of the media including:

• Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
• Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
• Gary Samore, Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
• Zhu Feng, Executive Director of China Center for Collaborative Studies of the South China Sea,
Nanjing University
• Fukagawa Yukiko, Professor, Waseda University

This year`s conference with the theme “The New Normal” will feature four plenary sessions and 12 panels over two days. The topics of the plenary sessions are 1) The New Normal 2) The New Normal and Regional Orders 3) Non-Traditional Insecurity 4) Same Old New North Korea?


About the Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies ( is an independent think tank that provides innovative policy solutions and spearheads public discourse on the core issues in Korea, East Asia and the world. Our goal is to assist policymakers to make better informed and mutually beneficial policy decisions. The Asan Institute, established in 2008, has successfully hosted a series of international conferences including the Asan Plenum, the Asan China Forum and the Asan Nuclear Forum. It has also published a number of books such as China’s Foreign Policy, Japan In Crisis, and The Arab Spring. The institute has been ranked as the world top 100 think tanks by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in 2015.