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11th KASC Roundtables

Business in the New Era of Global Economy

The global economy is changing at a rapid pace, and business is changing along with it. Over recent decades, globalization and international relations have become integral parts of business, whether it be a domestic business or multinational one. As global citizens, several issues arise from globalization and exist in both the US and Korea, though they may manifest in different ways. These consist of, but are not limited to, consumer behaviors, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and strategic management. By participating in this Roundtable, delegates will gain better understanding of the global community in which they live. They will have the opportunity to discuss the similarities and differences across US and South Korean businesses and share innovative ideas to help bridge the gap between the two. This Roundtable will help increase awareness of market and consumer behavior, CSR, strategic management, in addition to matters of trade, finance, and more.

Energy and Environment: Exploring Current Strategies to Innovate Future Solutions

One of the most pressing issues that our world is facing today is global climate change. Currently, many organizations and countries have made immense contributions and commitments to better confront climate change. The Kyoto Protocol and recent Paris climate accords have proven the need for international collaboration in tackling this issue. This roundtable will bring together students from South Korea, a leader in clean technologies, and the United States, the second largest polluter of CO2 emissions, to discuss bilateral environmental solutions. By examining the social, legal, and technical facets of environmentalism as well as 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 US-ROK alliance.

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.