10th KASC Roundtables
Technology: Advances and its Implications on a Globalizing World
As we rapidly integrate technology into daily life, tech giants like Google, Amazon, Samsung, Kakao, and Tesla are now household names. From such groups’ impact on our cyber-physical actions, both Koreans and Americans are in a period of unprecedented connectivity in globalized society. This connectivity comes not only from software-driven changes (like social media revolutionizing the way we interact online, and Uber or Lyft revolutionizing the way we commute), but hardware-driven modernization (the Internet of Things, Software as a Service, smart devices, and digital assistants). Benefits of this rapid technological integration are seen through the convenience for the average consumer, but some downsides are evident in the legal and corporate battles fought by tech giants (especially in legislation or consumer data privacy). What are the implications of such advancements in technology, and how is it affecting relationships between Korea and America at large?
International Relations: Changing Dynamics in the Korea-US (KORUS) Alliance
For more than sixty years, the United States and the Republic of Korea have enjoyed a strong military alliance, one that was “forged in blood” during the devastating Korean War that resulted in millions dead and a country ruins. But against all odds, South Korea not only recovered from the war but has also built a global economic and cultural presence that is the envy of many. And, as much as these two nations have evolved and progressed in the past six decades, so too has their alliance. The KORUS relationship has evolved from a mere security partnership to a full-fledged alliance, one that is bound together by extensive military, economic, cultural, social, and technological ties. But, just as it has before, the alliance is subject to change again. Asia as a whole has grown dramatically, with its nations exerting their independence and expanding their connections and influence across the world. Meanwhile, many in the United States are reconsidering the United States’ place in the world and the viability of even time-honored and blood-forged alliances such as the one it shares with South Korea. In such turbulent times, it is important for the next generation of leaders to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the KORUS alliance and offer ideas on how it can expand and deepen into the future. Our roundtable will focus on how recent trends and changes in the world affect the KORUS alliance and present creative solutions to carry it into the future.
Energy & Environmentalism: Collaborative Solutions
Inarguably, one of the of the most pressing issues facing our world today is global climate change. From melting ice caps to changes in weather patterns to rising sea levels that threaten cities around the world, it is becoming increasingly impossible to ignore the consequences of our modern lifestyles. Further, the Kyoto Protocol and recent Paris climate accords have proven the need for international collaboration in tackling climate change. This roundtable will bring together students from South Korea, a leader in clean technologies, and the United States, the second largest emitter of CO2 emissions, to discuss bilateral environmental solutions. By examining the social, legal, and technical facets of environmentalism and the energy crisis in South Korea and the United States, delegates will broaden their perspectives on the issues facing their countries and research innovative, international solutions to ultimately strengthen the R.O.K.-U.S. alliance.
Globalization and Business
In the past, different countries had little or nothing to do with one another. However, especially during the 21st century, globalization and international relations have become very important parts of global business, making it a necessity. Likewise, as global citizens who are going to participate in the 10th annual KASC, several different issues that come with consumer behaviors, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and strategic management interconnect. These issues exist in both South Korea and the US respectively, but have been developed in completely different ways. By having discussions in this RT (roundtable) topic, you will better understand the global community with other delegates through the sharing of ideas and understanding the differences between the US and South Korea. To understand this topic, one must also search, analyze, and recognize different parts of the material to cope with global market circumstances from both countries. This roundtable will help to increase the awareness and market of consumer behavior, CSR, and strategic management.
Social inequality is, and has been, a long standing issue around the world. From our daily lives to the world of business, many people face inequality whether it be relating to race, gender, economic status, or sexuality. With so many individuals affected by this kind of injustice, many aspects of our society are impacted. As this is a global issue, both Korea and America face the consequences that inequality creates. This roundtable will discuss the issues that arise from social inequality in both Korea and America. We will examine the current efforts being placed to tackle these problems, and find an effective method to reduce levels of inequality in different aspects of our society. Thinking critically of the different aspects of our daily lives that inequality affects will not only change our perspective, but will allow us to create a more positive way of thinking for many generations to come.