Past Events


On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted an Asan Special Lecture with Dr. Guy Sorman, a leading French writer.


The Sewol ferry tragedy is a turning point in the contemporary history of South Korea. Beyond the loss of innocent lives, this accident is not a mere accident: its scope and the failures in the authorities’ response have revealed deep flaws in the state organization. A renovated State, a more vibrant democracy, a more human model of development and better care for the life of the people could be the unintended positive outcome of the Sewol tragedy. A renowned philosopher and intellectual, Dr. Sorman delivered a lecture, titled “The State and the Citizens’ Safety.”

Date / Time: Monday, May 26, 2014 / 10:00am – 11:30am
Venue: Auditorium (1F), The Asan Institute for Policy Studies



Guy Sorman is a French writer, intellectual, professor, editor and politician. Since June 2013, he has been the Director of France-Amérique, a magazine for francophones living in the US and American francophiles. Guy Sorman is also a Member of the Board of the Columbia “Maison Française” and of “Reporters without Borders“. After working as an advisor to the French Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997, he was appointed to the “Strategic Committee for Exterior Television Action”. Among his many functions, he was also a member of the “National Commission on Human Rights” from 2002 to 2007. Founder and former President of “Action Against Hunger”, Guy Sorman is also involved in local politics, in particular as deputy mayor in charge of culture in Boulogne-Billancourt. Guy Sorman has taught in many universities, including Sciences Po Paris and the Hoover Institute in Stanford. A number of his works are focused on the US, including his last essay The American Heart, which deals with American philanthropy.