Asian Studies

SoKEN 2021

Korean Studies at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to collaborate with the Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network to host the second SoKEN conference in 2021. 

About the conference

Hosted by the Scottish Centre for Korean Studies, Department of Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh

Friday 29th January 2021 10:00 – 18:30

As a new administration comes into place in Washington, D.C. it faces challenges not just at home but on the Korean peninsula.  Some of these challenges are familiar while others are new.  How will the Biden presidency deal with North Korea?  How will it repair alliance relations with South Korea? And how does Korea fit into the broader strategic competition underway between the United States and China in East Asia?

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Keynote address: Korea’s Future under a new U.S. administration

By Professor Victor Cha (Georgetown University)

Friday 29th January 2021  16:00- 16:45

Victor Cha holds the D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs and serves as vice dean for faculty and graduate affairs in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  In 2009, he was also named as Senior Adviser for Asia and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.  He left the White House in 2007 after serving since 2004 as Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.  At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand and Pacific Island nation affairs. 

Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks in Beijing.  He is the author of five books, including Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle and The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future and Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia. In 2018, he joined NBC and MSNBC as a News Contributor. He holds a B.A., an M.I.A., and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, as well as an M.A. from Oxford University.

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Jan 29 2021 -

SoKEN 2021

The 2nd Social Science Korean Studies European Network Conference (SoKEN) hosted by the Scottish Centre for Korean Studies.