The Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES) of KU held an international conference under the title "The Foreign Policy of the Biden Administration and Outlook for the Korean Peninsula" on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 in Seoul. Under the theme 'US Strategy for China and the Korean Peninsula,' two panel sessions were held.
In the first session, Masao Okonogi (Professor Emeritus, Keio University) and Park Won gon (Professor, Ewha Womans University) made presentations. In the second session, Narushige Michishita (Professor, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Japan) and Moon Jang ryeol (Member of the Presidential Policy Planning Committee, ROK) gave presentations.
Two other panel sessions were held under the theme 'The Korean Peninsula in the Era of the US-China Conflict.' In the first panel discussion, US-China conflict and inter-Korean relations were discussed with the presentations provided by Hisashi Hirai (Visiting Research. Fellow, IFES) and Park Jong-cheol (Emeritus Research Fellow, Korean Institute for National Unification). The second panel session explored the US-China conflict and its influence on the North Korean economy and presentations were delivered by Masahiko Nakagawa (Senior Researcher, Asian Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization) and Yang Moon-soo (Professor, University of North Korean Studies).
Director Lee Kwan-sei said, "As the interest in the future situation on the Korean Peninsula is high amid the recent disclosure of the Biden administration's North Korea policy, this Korea-Japan academic conference has also attracted a lot of attention. It is important." (quoted from IFES News&Event)