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1st Korea-America Student Conference

Forty students from across the United States and South Korea come together in this uniquely student-led program to discuss topics from politics to culture to education.

KASC will ensure students play an active role as they prepare to become the next generation of leaders.

"A New Look at the U.S.-Korea Alliance

Created due to military necessity, the U.S. Korea alliance has grown and evolved over the last fifty years. Today, the Republic of Korea and the US work as partners on issues ranging from trade agreements and nuclear threats to education and technology.

Over the next year both Korea and the US will undergo changes in leadership which could significantly impact their policies and interactions worldwide. As this alliance continues to change, KASC will ensure students play an active role as they prepare to become the next generation of leaders.


Preparing Global Citizens: Education Focused on International Concerns

Today’s world is fast-moving, changing and increasingly interconnected. Corporations, organizations and individuals must be prepared to act on an international level. Students must be prepared to succeed globally. Are American students getting a full picture of the challenges of a world where even highly skilled work is outsourced? How can Korea cope with the "oversupply" of college grads? This roundtable will explore whether universities in both countries are helping students adequately prepare for 21st century challenges.

From Yongbyon to Kaesong - The Future of North Korea

North Korea's economic development is closely related to political and security decisions of the main actors in Northeast Asia.  How can non-governmental actors, business, academics, even students -- influence developments given North Korea's closed system?  This Roundtable will discuss the ability of outsiders to make a difference in North Korean economic policy.

Wired for Business: Technology’s Role in the US-Korea Alliance

South Korea is the world's most wired society, while the U.S. is an innovator in software and intellectual property.  How can these two countries ensure high tech trade is mutually beneficial?  This Roundtable will explore how students can help shape business environments that will keep both countries on the cutting edge.

Shaping Regionalism in East Asia: Peace and Security

Unlike Europe, East Asia has not developed strong economic and political institutions but change is gradually taking place through ASEAN, APEC, the Six-Party Talks, and other regional groups. Will a true “East Asian Community” develop? What will the role of the U.S. be? What will be the role of military force vs. soft power? This roundtable will consider these questions and more with regards to issues like North Korea, Taiwan, and other security challenges.

Special Topcis and Forums

Each year delegates lead several forums and special topic discussions in addition to their reoundtable discussions.  This topics are selected by the members of the delegation after selection and prior to the start of the conference. 

Possible topics for the first KASC could include:

World Environmental Climate Change Forum
Culture / Korean Films & Short Dramas
Shared History:  Revisiting Memories from Kwangju to the Korean War

Applying to KASC

See the Admissions page for more information on the delegate selection process or 

Click here to download an application form for American students or here for Korean Students.


Hosted By: 

Sigur Center for Asian Studies
The George Washington University

Brown University
Howard Baker Center,
University of Tennessee

Institute of East Asian Studies and the Center for Korean Studies
University of California, Berkeley

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