Invitation to all students to attend the J-Global Forum (September 9, 2013)

Director Pastreich will be making a presentation at   J-Global Forum hosted by JoongAng Ilbo Newspaper. This year’s topic is “Towards an East Asian Community: Challenges and Opportunities.”


Students who attend this remarkable international event will have opportunities to interact with leading figures in international relations. A special certificate for participation will be issued and there is a chance to attend the lunch at the Westin Chosun Hotel.


If you would like to attend, you need  to indicate so to Director Pastreich by email so you can  be formally invited. Write to



The J-Global Forum 2013


A New Model for Regional Cooperation and Integration in East Asia


The J-Global Forum is an annual gathering of leading journalists, scholars and important public figures hosted by the JoongAng Ilbo of Korea. The Forum serves as an opportunity for a frank exchange of opinions on critical issues for East Asia and the world between leading stakeholders.

Originally titled the Asia Press Forum when it was founded in 1996 the J-Global Forum promotes mutual understanding and presents new insights into the most critical issues in Asia.


The J-Global Forum 2013


DATE: Monday, September 9, 2013

VENUE: Westin Chosun Hotel (Seoul), Grand Ballroom

THEME: “Coming Together: A New Model for Regional Cooperation and Integration in East Asia”


The trends towards integration in East Asia are manifest, yet old modes of thinking and lingering historical legacies holds the region back from realizing its full potential. This year’s J-Global Forum brings together leading thinkers from China, Japan and Korea as well as from Europe and the United States, to consider what new models for cooperation and integration can invigorate the debate on cooperation and lead to substantial progress. How can European precedents for integration serve as models for East Asia going forward and what new opportunities are there for laying the foundations for an East Asian community? The Forum also considers the critical question of US-China relations and how that complex exchange will impact discussions on cooperation in the region.


9:00-9:20 Registration
9:20-9:25 Opening remarks Hong Seok-Hyeon, Chairman, JoongAng Ilbo
9:25-10:00 Keynote Address TBA
10:20-12:00 Session I: “The Asian Conundrum: Historical and Territorial Disputes in East Asia and Effective solutions from the case of Germany and France Bae, Myung-Bok, Editorial Writer, JoongAng Ilbo (chair)Park, Cheol-hee, Professor, Seoul National University (speaker)

Wieland Wagner, Asia Correspondent, Der Spiegel (speaker)

Zhu Feng,  Professor, Peking University (discussant)

Wakamiya Yoshibumi, Former Editor in Chief, Asahi Shimbun (discussant)


12:00-13:40 Luncheon
13:40-15:00 Session II: “New Dimensions of US-China Relations: Cooperation or Competition?” Kim Sung-han, Professor, Korea University and former Vice Foreign Minister (chair)Zhu Feng, Professor, Peking University (speaker)

Martin Fackler, Tokyo Bureau Chief, New York Times (speaker)

Chung, Jae-ho, Professor, Seoul National University (discussant)

Lee, Kyu-hyung, Former Ambassador to China (ROK) (discussant)

Melinda Liu, Beijing Bureau Chief, Newsweek/Daily Beast (discussant)


15:20-16:40 Session III: “Towards an East Asian Community: Challenges and Opportunities” Jusuf Wanandi, President Director, Jakarta Post (chair) 

David Pilling, Asia Editor, Financial Times (speaker)

Brahma Chellaney, Professor,,Centre for Policy Research (discussant)

Emanuel Pastreich, Director of the Asia Institute (discussant)

Ryu, Jae-hoon Editor, The Hankyorhe Shinmun (discussant)

(TBA) (discussant)