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South Korea's Rise in the Era of Globalization Conference

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with the support of the Academy of Korean Studies, is pleased to announce the conference on “South Korea’s Rise in the Era of Globalization: Power, Economic Development and Foreign Relations.”  This conference brings in internationally renowned scholars together to exchange their views on the relationship between South Korea’s economic development and foreign policy change.  It provides a good opportunity to learn more about South Korea.  The conference will be held at the UWM Library Conference Center on April 23. Interested students, faculty, and the public are welcome to attend. If you have any questions about the conference, contact Youngmi Choi at

Dates: April 23, 2013

Place: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), Library Conference Hall

Tuesday, April 23

8:45-9:00 am, Opening Remarks—Thomas Holbrook, Political Science Department Chair

UWM Library Conference Hall


9:00-10:30 am             Panel 1 - South Korea's Rise

Chair: Natasha Sugiyama (UWM)

Uk Heo (UWM) and Terence Roehrig (Naval War College)

            Economic Development and Foreign Policy Change in South Korea

Cal Clark (Auburn University)

            The Paradoxes in Globalization's Economic Empowerment of South Korea

Dennis Patterson (Texas Tech University) and Jang-sup Choi (Texas A&M-Commerce)

            Korea's Diplomatic Revolution: How an Isolated Nation Became a World Economic and

            Political Leader

Shale Horowitz (UWM)

            Back to the Cold War? Economic Growth and the Balance of Power on the Korean Peninsula

10:30-10:45 am, Break


10:45- 12:15 am          Panel 2 - The North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Chair: Steve Redd (UWM)

Karl DeRouen Jr. (University of Alabama)

            Conflict Management in the Korean Peninsula

Hyun Kim (Kyung Hee University)

            Peace Regime Building beyond the North Korean Nuclear Problem

Seungho Joo (University of Minnesota-Morris)

            Russo-North Korean Relationship under Kim Jong-Un

Wondeuk Cho (UWM)

            Economic Statecraft and North Korean Nuclear Development


12:15-1:30 pm, Lunch


1:30-3:00 pm              Panel 3 - Political Economy and Social Issues in Korea and East Asia

Chair: Shale Horowitz (UWM)

Eric Chang (Michigan State University)

Economic Development and Inequalities in East Asian Democracies

A. Cooper Drury and Jonathan Krieckhaus (University of Missouri)

The Political Economy of South Korean FTAs

Min Ye (Coastal Carolina University) and Uk Heo (UWM)

Guns versus Butter:  An Analysis of Security and Economic Interests in the South Korea-

            China Relationship

Youngmi Choi (UWM)

Conditions for Free Trade Agreements in Northeast Asia

3:00-3:15 pm, Break


3:15-4:45 pm              Panel 4 - Domestic Issues and Foreign Relations

Chair: Robert Beck (UWM)

Seung Hyun Paek (Kyung Hee University)

Economic Development and Non-Governmental Organizations in South Korea

Seongyi Yun (Kyung Hee University)

Domestic Issues and the 2012 Presidential Election

Kwangho Jung (Seoul National University)

Exploring the Length of Ministerial Tenure in South Korea

Min-young Kim (Seoul National University)

Economic Development, Social Capital and Suicide Rates in South Korea


4:45 pm, Closing Remarks-Rodney Swain, Dean of the College of Letters and Science