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Overview

While there has been relative peace and dynamic economic development and integration in Northeast Asia during the past several decades, the region presently faces serious challenges, such as increasing nuclear tension on the Korean peninsula and deteriorating relations between some countries in the region along with an unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis. Is peaceful development of the Northeast Asia region sustainable under these circumstances? What key factors are necessary to promote regional collaboration toward positive, sustainable peace and development?

The vision of a free and unified Korea will not only be a key to solving the nuclear crisis of the peninsula, but it can also be a catalyst for sustainable Northeast Asia regional peace and development. And though a relatively small country in terms of its population, economy and military power, Mongolia is a nation that has long-standing friendly relations with all other countries in the region including both North and South Korea, has successfully and peacefully transitioned to a free democratic state, and has led the UN in creating a ground-breaking nuclear-weapon-free policy which it has modeled with ongoing leadership from Blue Banner. Mongolia can play a key role for ongoing convenings among stakeholders including “six-party talk plus” nations and the broader international community toward positive resolutions for the Korean peninsula and regional challenges. 

For this reason, the forum conveners and partners have committed to this annual Mongolia Forum (previously called Ulaanbaatar International Roundtable since 2018) to develop comprehensive strategies for total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a free and unified Korea, and sustainable peace and development of Northeast Asia. Though virtual due to COVID restrictions, this 2021 forum will again convene prominent experts, policymakers, journalists, and civil society leaders from the region and the global community to examine the current geopolitical environment, identify new opportunities, and develop sector-specific and comprehensive solutions.

Conveners

  • Blue Banner

  • Global Peace Foundation

  • One Korea Foundation

  • Action for Korea United

  • Mongolian Forum for Korean Unification

Partners

  • Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy

  • AKU Professors Association

  • Alliance for Korea United USA

  • The Asia Institute

  • International Institute for Peace Through Tourism

 

Schedule at a Glance

October 26, Tuesday (Mongolia Time)
October 25, Monday (US Eastern Time)

  • 8:00 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Session I: Opening Session

    • Moderator: H.E. Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Chairman, Blue Banner; Former Mongolian Ambassador to UN

    • Opening Remarks: Mr. James Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation

    • Opening Remarks: Dr. Jai-poong Ryu, Founder and President, One Korea Foundation

    • Opening Remarks: Mr. Inteck Seo, Co-Chair, Action for Korea United

    • Welcome Remarks: Mr. Odbayar Erdenetsogt, Foreign Policy Advisor of President of Mongolia 

    • H.E. Ochirbat Punsalmaagiin, Former President of Mongolia 

    • Hon. Tsogtbaatar Damdiny, Member, Parliament of Mongolia; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs 

    • Mr. Gregory May, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy to Mongolia

    • Congressman GK Butterfield, Member, US House of Representative; Senior Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus 

    • Dr. Joo-sung Kim, Former President, Korea National University of Education 

    • Dr. Hyun-ik Hong, Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy

    • Dr. Mabel Lu Miao, Co-Founder and Secretary General, Center for China and Globalization 

    • Dr. Nobuo Tanaka, Former Executive Director of International Energy Agency 

  • 9:20 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Break

  • 9:35 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Session II: The Post-COVID World: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Northeast Asian Peaceful Development

    • Moderator: Yeqing Li, Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia Peace and Development, Global Peace Foundation 

    • Mr. Enkhbayar Namjildorjb, Head of Economic Research Unit, Institute of Strategic Studies in Mongolia; Former Senior Advisor of Prime Minister of Mongolia 

    • Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan 

    • Hon. Donald Manzullo, Former U.S. Congressman, Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Foreign Affairs Committee 

    • Dr. Kwang-kyu Nam, Professor, Korea University

    • Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, Founder and President, The Asia Institute 

    • Dr. Hao Su, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Diplomacy and Founding Director of Center for Strategic and Peace Studies, China Foreign Affairs University 
    • Dr. Elena Boykova, Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences 

    • Ambassador Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder & President, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia; Former Indonesian Ambassador to USA and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

    • Dr. Jagannath Panda, Research Fellow and Co-ordinator of the East Asia Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, India

  • 11:00 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Adjournment

 

October 27, Wednesday (Mongolia Time)
October 26, Tuesday (USA Eastern Time)    

  • 8:00 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Session III: Envisioning & Advancing a Free and Unified Korea

    • Moderator: Dr. Jai-poong Ryu, Founder and President, One Korea Foundation 

    • Dr. Baasanjav Lkhagvaa, President, Mongolia Forum on Korea Unification 

    • Dr. Jin Shin, President, Institute for Peace Affairs 

    • Mr. Chong Wang, Distinguished Professor and Executive Director of Center for US Studies, Zhejiang International Studies University; Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute 

    • Mr. Richard Lee, President, Alliance for Korea United USA 

    • Colonel (Retired) David Maxwell, Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense Democracies (FDD) 

    • Dr Markandey Rai, Senior Advisor, UN-HABITAT 

    • Dr. Vladimir Ivanov, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Stimson Center 

    • Dr. Sachio Nakato, Professor, Ritsumeikan University 

  • 9:20 AM (Mongolia)PM (US Eastern) Break 

  • 9:35 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Session IV: Northeast Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone (NEA-NWFZ) and Stakeholders’ Roles for North Korea’s Denuclearization: Implications to a Unified Korea   

    • Moderator: David Caprara, Strategic Advisor, Global Peace Foundation 

    • Ambassador Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Chairman, Blue Banner; Former Mongolian Ambassador to UN

    • Dr. John Endicott, Honorary President, Woosong University; Limited Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Architect and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee 

    • Dr. Kyung-young Chung, Adjunct Professor at Graduate School of International Studies, Hanyang University; Policy Advisor for National Security Office, Blue House 

    • Colonel (Retired) Charles T. "Chip" Sniffin, Former Policy Maker, US Department of Defense, President and CEO, Bright Spot Tours 

    • Dr. Yoshinori Kaseda, Professor, College of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University 

    • Dr. Vladimir Sotnikov, Senior Research Associate, Institute of Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences; Senior Lecturer, People’s Friendship University of Russia

  • 11:00 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Adjournment​

 

October 28 Thursday (Mongolia Time)
October 27, Wednesday (US Eastern Time)

  • 8:00 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Session V: Lessons Learned from the Greater Tumen Initiative: Northeast Asia Economic Integration Toward a Free and Unified Korea

    • Moderator: John Hancock Dickson, Senior Advisor on Economy and Government Relations, Global Peace Foundation

    • Mr. Nanjin Dorjsuren, Founding Director, Mongolian Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy

    • Dr. Qsyng Chun, Chairman, Network for the Future Economic Education 

    • Dr. Leonid Petrov, Senior Lecturer, International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS); Visiting Fellow at the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University

    • Mr. Hyun-seung Lee, Fellow on North Korea Studies, Global Peace Foundation 

    • Mr. Zolboo Dashnyam, Director of Institute of International Affairs, Mongolian Academy of Sciences

    • Mr. Craig Steffensen, Former Director, North American Representative Office, Asia Development Bank (ret.) 

    • Dr. Yuhua An, Professor, Graduate School of China, Sungkyunkwan University

    • Dr. Soon-jik Hong, Senior Research Fellow at the Future Korea Institute, Kookmin University

  • 9:20 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Break
  • 9:35 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Session VI: Youth Leadership in Northeast Asian Peaceful Development

    • Moderator: Mr. Otgonbaatar D., Assistant Research Fellow, Graduate School of Mongolia

    • Ms. Nomunsor Soronzonbold, Assistant Director, My Club Mongolia 

    • Mr. Paul Kyu-min Lee, President, Divided Families USA; Program Specialist for Youth Programs, US Institute of Peace 

    • Mr. Daehyun Park, CEO, Woorion, NK Escapee 

    • Byeongju Lee, School of Social Welfare (Diplomacy for Korean Unification & Development Cooperation), Soongsil University 

    • Mr. Nicholas Lee, Secretary General, Global Peace and Development Service Alliance 

    • Mr. Zhanjie Zhao, Senior Manager of the Global Young Leaders Dialogue Program, Center for China and Globalization  

    • Dr. Danning Wang, Research Fellow, Charhar Institute

    • Mr. Leonard Faustino, President, Global Peace Youth Philippines 

  •  11:00 AM (Mongolia)/PM (US Eastern) Closing and Press Release on the Forum Outcomes