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11th KASC Roundtables

Innovation at the Intersection of Business and the Environment

Growth in the 21st century is often made out to be about managing trade-offs between making profits and preserving the environment, but this does not have to be the case. Instead, new technologies and business solutions can allow companies, cities, and countries to use natural resources more efficiently, increasing productivity as well as helping meet pressing environmental issues. From advancing energy innovation and addressing climate change to identifying sustainable business practices, this RT will seek to understand environmental-related challenges confronting business leaders today. Analyzing aspects of different businesses, including strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities of individual organizations, will allow delegates to look at strategies for increasing productivity and maintaining a competitive advantage. Delegates will imagine innovative and practical solutions to the increasingly significant intersection of business and the environment within the framework of US-South Korea cooperation, both countries being close economic partners with stakes in global environmental policies and thus uniquely positioned to collaborate on this front. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore solutions for business conglomerates, projects, implementations, as well as navigating environmental issues faced by both countries for years to come.

Examining the Interplay Between Media, Culture and Society in the 21st Century

Even though the word “media” is derived from the Latin word “middle,” media in the 21st century is not merely a mediator, but has also become a leading force in shaping culture and society. Since both South Korea and the United States are renowned for their powerful and influential media industries, it is especially important and intriguing to understand the role of media in both countries. How was media born in its social and cultural context, and how does it play a role in transforming and leading society and culture today? By examining the interplay between media, society, and culture, this Roundtable strives to develop a better understanding of the role and significance of media and to ultimately incorporate media as an innovative actor in advancing US-ROK relations.

International Relations: Now and the Future of the United States-Republic of Korea Alliance

Since 1953, the United States-Republic of Korea (US-ROK) alliance has rapidly developed from a mere military alliance to a robust partnership cemented through strong political, economic, social, and cultural ties. The shared historical memory of war in conjunction with common strategic interests have enabled the two nations to evolve together over the decades and overcome numerous obstacles. However, as the Trump and Moon administrations continue to develop their respective policies and navigate today’s shifting international landscape, the challenges currently facing the alliance (e.g. North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, relations with other nations including China and Japan, bilateral trade concerns, etc.) loom large. This roundtable will explore creative solutions to these challenges from the unique perspective of the alliance’s youth. It will also examine US-ROK relations through a global lens and delve into ways the bilateral alliance can introduce change on the broader international stage.