Report from Zhejiang University’s Center for Non-Traditional Security and Peaceful Development Studies on visit of Director Pastreich

韩国庆熙大学亚洲研究所贝一明所长访问中心

 

非传统安全与和平发展研究中心

浙江大学

Center for Non-Traditional Security and Peaceful Development Studies

Zhejiang University

 

韩国庆熙大学国际大学亚洲研究所贝一明所长访问中心

  2013年12月13日晚,来浙江大学出席“中韩经贸合作国际研讨会及韩中社会科学学会冬季国际学术研讨会”的韩国庆熙大学国际大学亚洲研究所所长贝一明副教授来到非传统安全与和平发展研究中心进行学术访问与交流,中心主任余潇枫教授对贝一明所长的到来表示热烈欢迎,双方对共同关心的学术问题进行了亲切交谈。

贝一明所长介绍了其负责的庆熙大学国际大学亚洲研究所的基本情况并表达了与余潇枫教授领导的浙江大学非传统安全与和平发展研究中心进行真诚合作的愿望。亚洲研究所是首个真正意义上的泛亚洲智囊团,是一个聚焦亚洲从而解决世界问题的高端研究机构,当前尤其是致力于对科技、国际关系、经济和环境等方面发展趋势的深入研究和探讨。 Continue Reading


The Trouble with Islands Asia Institute Seminar (Saturday, February 8 at 2 PM)

 

“The Trouble with Islands”

Asia Institute Seminar

Date & Time: Saturday, February 8 at 2 PM

Location: Dongguk University (Dongguk University Station on Line 3)

Room 502, Building M(Dongguk Gwan), Dongguk University

동국대학교 동국관(경영관)

M동 5층 세미나실 M502호

A few key groups of uninhabited, or lightly inhabited, islands are scattered between the nations of China, Japan, Korea, Russia and other nations in East Asia. Those islands have become the primary stage on which a variety of domestic and international dramas are being unfolded. The issue of sovereignty concerning these islands has become a major issue for all the nations of the region in recent years, and seems to only grow only the more serious.

 

But what exactly lies behind these tensions? What would a space alien say about this situation?

And why have the conflicts become so serious only in recent years. Certainly the same problems existed between the nations before. Why such tension now and why tension expressed in this manner? This seminar will concern the cultural, historical, economic, political and strategic issues involved in the trouble with islands. Please do join us.

 

Please join us for this Asia Institute seminar.

 

If you can come, please RSVP to

 

epastreich@asia-institute.org.

 

 

Location: Dongguk University (Dongguk University Station on Line 3)

Room 502, Building M(Dongguk Gwan), Dongguk University

동국대학교 동국관(경영관) M동 5층 세미나실 M502호

(letter A on this map)

Room 502, Building M(Dongguk Gwan), Dongguk University
동국대학교 동국관(경영관) M동 5층 세미나실 M502호


Asia Institute Seminar Youth and Global Governance

“Youth and Global Governance”

 

Asia Institute Seminar

Saturday, January 18 at 2 PM

 

The Asia Institute held a seminar on the timely topic of “Youth and Global Governance” at Dongguk University on Saturday, January 18. The seminar brought together a group of ten of our members, including, high school students, college students, graduate students, concerned citizens and three professors. The group discussed what exactly global governance means in the 21st century and what would be required to transform existing transnational organizations into institutions that could actually fulfill the requirements of true global governance in this age.

 

A good part of the discussion concerned the possible role of youth, as the most connected and most innovative groups around the world, in the creation of new mechanisms for meaningful global governance. We live in an age in which technology is evolving so quickly that we will soon be living in an actual global village before we are even aware that something has changed. Yet that global village will have 9 billion people in it and be steered by complex supercomputer networks that follow their own mandates. The world is changing far faster than our assumptions and the only thing that will remain certain will be the size of our earth.

The seminar addressed the question:

How will we govern the globe in the 21st century in face of the crisis of climate change, the confusion of nations, cultures and languages and the growing disparity between the have and have-nots within nations and between nations?

Here are a few comments by participants:

 

 

 Jung Yoojin

Managing Director

The Asia Institute

 

“Civil society movements such as the Mad Cow Disease protest, the Arab Spring, and the Occupy Wall Street protests uncover what the public can do; specifically, what young people can do in the global civil sphere. While these protests cannot change immediate social problems and government policies, the influences of these global civil movements cannot be ignored. Public awareness and social media can show how individuals can be motivated and mobilized and join together in manner that forms a significant social force and make collective action possible, even when these movements include many young people who are seemingly isolated or are perceived as apathetic. All of the demonstrators talked about moral issues of their own governments and their common interests toward “good wills.” They also noted that the meanings they created certainly make many policy makers uneasy. I believe that these spontaneous global civil movements have more potential to be effective institutions than do global institutions with many interests groups. I do admit that these civil movements may not be contingency ones and cannot be limited to “once in a while” protests. We must understand that these civil protests are continuous worldwide. While they may have different issues and agenda, they support the same meanings that we hope to create for our future.”


Yoojin Han

Cheongshim International Academy  

 

 

“Thanks to the remarks of the various participants I was able to understand better the issues of global governance and the role our generation can play in achieving it. As worldwide issues such as climate change will affect everyone on Earth, global governance will indeed become necessary. I believe that in order to successfully enact global governance, youth should recognize that everyone is included in the global issues at hand and they should be reminded of their responsibility for solving them. Also, the future generation will have to come up with a new concept of government that will enable decisions be implemented to all nations without severely impinging the sovereignty of individual nations. This, I believe, can be accomplished if the education system effectively encourages creative thinking.”

 

Beom Joon Baek

Daewon Foreign High School

  

“As we think about the future, we need to be aware that there might be a need for an international governmental organization that enforces the policies, should the democratic measures fail to so. There could be cases in which coercive force becomes a necessary evil for us to tackle inevitable problems.”

 

 

Wang Yu

Kyung Hee University

 

“We hope that in future global governance will transcend the boundaries of countries and avoid undo favoritism to any one group. Our Earth is suffering from serious resource depletion, That state is not just about the natural world, but now impacts humans directly.  

 

The smoke that shrouds the ailing city of Beijing foretells future disaster. To be effective, global governance over the long term, must show a commitment to a far-sight plan that finds alternative sources of green energy and an efficient, effective way of increasing the protection of our environment. Not only elder experts, but also youth are obligated to take part of in this global effort.”  

“Unfortunately, nowadays younger people seem uninterested in a collective response to this imminent crisis. They act as if they have impaired vision, a crowd that just does not care. Personally speaking, I think this state is the consequence of a limited education. In Asian Countries students are only encouraged to focus on subjects that will allow them to earn money. No one wants to devote himself or herself to work on some project that is not lucrative.  As a result, the humanities has suffered an enormous decline; not only in society, but also in the academic environment itself. The humanities are seriously underfunded. I strongly hope there will be some changes in education system. Change can start when we plant a seed of hope in the heart of youth.”


Asia Institute with Peter Singer featured in Business Korea (January 2014)

Business Korea

“The State, the Internet, and Cybersecurity with Peter Singer”

Asia Institute Seminar

8 JANUARY 2014

 

On January 2, Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute, sat down with Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program of the Brookings Institute. Singer’s research focuses on three core issues: current US defense needs and future priorities, the future of war and the future of the US defense system. Singer lectures frequently to US military audiences and is the author of several books and articles, including his most recent book, Cyber Security and Cyber War (www.cybersecuritybook.com).

 

Emanuel Pastreich: “When you chose to title your new book as Cyber Security and Cyber War did you intend to make a clear distinction between two discrete issues?”

Peter Singer: “Cyber security and cyber war are two separate topics that are related in that within the new domain of cyberspace we see an overlap between what we traditionally refer to as the civilian sphere and the military sphere. Cyberspace is evolving as a realm that includes everything from commerce, entertainment and communications to forms of direct conflict. For example, 98% of all military communications travels through cyberspace, but, at the same time, the cyberspace they are channeling over is primarily civilian owned.

“Let us step back and take a look at this problem in proper perspective. For too long the thinking about cyber security questions have been left to what I call the “IT crowd.” That is to say we have a group of technologists pondering cyberspace and its potential. But at this point in time, whether you are a politician, a general, a business leader, a lawyer, a citizen or a parent, those security questions are clear and present for the rest of us as well. We need to understand cyberspace and commit to planning for a future with it at the center.

“The book is structured around approximately sixty central questions concerning the nature and the potential of cyberspace. ‘How it all works? For example, I use the Internet every day, how does it actually work?’ Or ‘What is cyber terrorism?’ ‘I keep hearing about it; is it as bad as some people say?’ Continue Reading


“Peer-to-Peer Science: Responding to Fukushima” top article for Foreign Policy in Focus in 2013

The article  “Peer-to-Peer Science: Responding to Fukushima” , written by director Emanuel Pastreich and research fellow Layne Hartsell, was ranked as one of the most successful articles of Foreign Policy in Focus for 2013. The article come in  at number nine for the year even though it was released only in September of the year. The article argues for a truly global consortium to respond to the Fukushima crisis long-term and was broadly circulated and posted around the world, and in multiple translations.

As such, the article represents well the level of engagement of the Asia Institute and our commitment to a global dialog on contemporary issues.

 

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