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2018 KITA-CSIS Reconnecting Asia Conference

September 18, 2018 • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm EDT

Looking North: Korea in a Reconnecting Asia

The CSIS Simon Chair’s Reconnecting Asia Project and the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) hosted “Looking North: Korea in a Reconnecting Asia,” a half-day conference that explored Korea’s ambitious plans for connectivity. The New Northern Policy and New Southern Policy, including proposals for rail connections through North Korea, could dramatically reduce Korea’s shipping times to western markets, creating valuable economic opportunities and peacefully deepening regional integration. Rail lines from East Asia to Europe have proliferated in recent years and volumes are expected to nearly double in the next decade. Just as the European Coal and Steel Community helped turn historical enemies into economic partners, these developments could have positive and far-reaching consequences for the region’s future.

This joint CSIS-KITA event was held on September 18 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Seoul, located at 97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03183. 

Featuring remarks by:

Ambassador Lim Sung-nam
First Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO
Kim Young Ju 
Korea International Trade Association Chairman
Young-kwan Yoon
Former Foreign Minister of South Korea
Reince Priebus
Former White House Chief of Staff
Victor Cha
CSIS Senior Adviser and Korea Chair


With a panel on the New Silk Railroad featuring:

Lisa Collins
Fellow, CSIS
Hyung Joon Koo
Executive Vice President, Hyundai Glovis
Eun-sun Lee
Senior Vice President of Forwarding Division, CJ Logistics
Hee-seung Na
President, Korea Railroad Research Institute

Moderated by:
Laura Bicker
Seoul Correspondent, BBC

With a panel on Asia’s Competing Visions featuring:

Young-Rok Cheong
Professor of Economic Development, Seoul National University
Sang Joon Lee
President, Korean Association of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Taerim Lee
Policy Planning Officer, Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation

Moderated by:
Matthew P. Goodman
Senior Vice President, William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy and Senior Adviser for Asian Economics, CSIS

With a presentation by:

Jonathan E. Hillman
Senior Fellow and Reconnecting Asia Director, CSIS
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair

Jonathan E. Hillman

Lisa Collins