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International Development: Empowering People to their Full Potential

Economic development and human rights are usually seen as two separate distinctions, but are in reality deeply connected; it deals with improving the quality of life for all human beings. With international development issues involving hunger, the environment, education, public health, ethnicity and gender concerns, and the global economy, it is apparent that solving poverty is much more complicated and cannot be solved just by an increase in income. The International Development Roundtable will explore the challenges of creating international development policies that foster empowerment, independence, and partnership within countries rather than dependence on foreign aid. We will analyze the role of Korea-US relations in the context of human rights and international development, and which development issues are priorities for each nation’s interest. Furthermore, delegates will examine different approaches and methods to solving the world’s most important social justice problems.

Roundtable leaders: Tiffany Vang and Bokyung Kim.

Art and Culture: Key to Strengthen US-ROK Relations

As U.S.-Korea relations grow stronger everyday in a globalized society, there has been more emphasis on cross cultural interactions among both countries. Young people in South Korea are singing to classics of Queen and dancing to the modern beats of Kanye West, while Psy’s Gangnam Style has taken on its own cultural phenomenon in the US, catalyzing hundreds of parodies on YouTube. American drama shows are watched in Seoul, while Korean Dramas are enjoyed by online viewers in the US. With the current cultural climate, it is easier than previous decades for people from divergent cultures and backgrounds to find common interests; the arts and culture of the US and Korea can enable both country to further mutual understanding and goodwill. In this roundtable, we will critically look at American and Korean culture to identify our commonalities as well as differences. How can our common interests and differences strengthen our relations? With Korea and U.S. each having a strong and dominant culture of their own, how can we bridge the cultural gap of both countries by using art and culture?

Roundtable leaders: Alexander Pryor and Slbi Lee.

Science and Technology (S&T) : Future Development of U.S-ROK Relations

The Republic of Korea and the United States have exhibited a commitment to building a cooperative relationship in science and technology that serves political, socioeconomic, and scientific goals in each country. The increased capacity within Korean technology has enabled cooperation with the U.S. across a broad range of S&T. Indeed, advances in areas such as movies, aerospace, health (bio and medical), IT (mobile and computer), vehicle machinery, architecture, new and renewable energy have increased the interconnection of the two nations while also revolutionizing how our societies interact. These S&T are becoming the cornerstone of global interaction and changing the ways in which issues in the world are discussed. In the Science and Technology Roundtable, the U.S.-Korea relationship in new S&T and research will be critically examined in hopes of catalyzing potential for continued growth, reorganization, new areas of emphasis, and joint outreach to third parties, such as Samsung and Apple, in relationship to the growing development of S&T.

Roundtable leaders: Marteka Fair and Gangsan Lee .

U.S.-ROK: A New Era for Peace and Security

The formidable military alliance of the United States and the Republic of Korea has fostered stability and peace in Northeast Asia. Although the relationship between U.S.-ROK in terms of national security is strong, there is a definite pressure on Washington to reduce its overseas national security obligations due to domestic and international disapproval. The majority of American and Korean strategists concur that the value of the alliance is beyond security on the Korean peninsula, but the future direction of U.S.-ROK alliance has yet to be configured. Cooperation among the two countries has resulted in conflict especially due to differing views on Pyongyang, and also towards the role that ROK should have in the Asia Pacific. In the Peace and Security Roundtable, we will seek to find areas of cooperation between the U.S.-ROK that will serve both national interests. Can both countries agree on certain terms to normalize relations with North Korea? How does the new leadership change in North Korea affect the reunification of the Korean Peninsula? In an era where unilateralism has become ineffective, cooperation is essential for peace and security.

Roundtable leaders: Hyejin Park and Yun kyong Chung.

Impact Business: From Maximizing Profit to Maximizing Impact

Creative Capitalism, as suggested by Bill Gates at the 2008 World Economic Forum, states that capitalism is at the crossroad of a great transformation. Protests to global corporations’ are witnessed throughout the world. Meanwhile, people who lack power to make important societal and economic decisions suffer the most--they are called the Bottom of the Pyramid. But there is potential to alleviate this situation. In fact, impacting businesses is a way that creates solutions for this world’s inequities by using a business model. That is, with an innovative idea that stretches the profit motive by reconsidering the market of developing countries, enhancing accessibility and affordability to technology and social improvements. We, as future entrepreneurs, will examine the market opportunities and set sustainable strategies to make impact not only for the corporation itself but also society. Through this roundtable, we will explore the different possibilities of how South Korea and the U.S. can utilize this prospect for the better to generate profit while achieving a social objective.

Roundtable leaders: Andrew Ghim and Jiyoung Hwang.