Free and Unified Korea: A Catalyst for Regional and Global Peace and Development
August 13-15, 2022 (Seoul Time)
Session I: Plenary
MC: Mr. Jong-chun Park, Secretary General, Action for Korea United
Emcee: Mr. Jong-chun Park is Secretary General of the Action for Korea United, an alliance of over 1,000 Korean civic groups in Korea since 2012. He was formerly a member of the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Youth Commission for the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation. In addition, he also serves as Secretary General for ONE K Global Campaign Committee to garner global support for Korean unification through K-pop. He holds a master degree in NGO studies from Kyung-Hee University, Seoul.
Opening Remarks: Hon. Chunghwan Kim, Co-Chair, Action for Korea United; Secretary General, Parliamentarian’s Society of the Republic of Korea
Hon. Choong-whan Kim is co-chair of Action for Korea United, Secretary General of the Parliamentarian’s Society, former two-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, and Chairman of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and Unification. He received his doctoral degree of Public Administration at the University of Seoul. In 2009, he was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in Parliamentary Legislation and Policy. He also served as Head of Gangdong-Gu Office in Seoul. He currently serves as Chairman of Peace and Unification Institute and as Standing Leader of Action for Korea United. He is active in ongoing citizen-led movements for Korean unification.
Opening Remarks: Mr. James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
Mr. James P. Flynn is International President of the Global Peace Foundation. Overseeing the strategic operations of more than twenty GPF field affiliates and initiatives worldwide, Flynn manages Global Peace Foundation’s diverse portfolio of peacebuilding and international development projects from the GPF headquarters office in the Washington DC area.
Since his appointment as International President in 2013, Flynn has engaged a global network of key leaders in support of GPF’s diverse peace-building programs. He guides organizational partnerships with national and regional governments, faith-based organizations, and volunteer and philanthropic groups to advance objectives in community driven peace-building, character and leadership development, and civic engagement and empowerment. Recent priorities include peacebuilding efforts among Nigeria’s high-level civic and religious leaders, peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula, a Presidential Mission promoting ethical leadership and good governance in Latin America, and efforts advancing peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.
Hon. Jong-kul Lee, Chairman, Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation; Former Five-Term Member, National Assembly of Korea
Hon. Jong-Kul Lee is Chairman of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation. He was a five-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and former floor leader of the Minjoo Party. He is President of the Korea-China Cultural Association and also served as Chairman of the Korean Basketball Association and vice-Chairman of Asia Basketball Federation. In his distinguished political Career, he served as Chairman of the Special Committee on Job Creation and Committee of the Education, Science, and Technology and Chairman of the Korea Pact on Anti-Corruption & Transparency Committee. He was previously the senior executive of the ruling Uri-Party and currently serves as a member of the Defense Committee.
Hon. Moon-pyo Hong, Member (People Power Party), National Assembly of Korea
Hon. Moon-pyo Hong is a four-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the ruling People Power Party. He also serves as Chairman of Taekwondo Federation of the National Assembly. In his distinguished political career, he served as Chairman of the Education Committee and Special Committee on Budget and Accounts and also served as Secretary General of the Liberty Korea Party.
Hon. Sang-min Lee, Member (Democratic Party), National Assembly of Korea
Hon. Sang-min Lee is a five-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the ruling Minjoo Party and a lawyer specializing in taxes and consumer affairs. He is currently a member of Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee and President of the Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum on European Union. In his distinguished political career, he was chairman of the Special Committee on Judicial Reform for the twentieth National Assembly and chairman of the Legislation and Judiciary Committee for the nineteenth National Assembly.
Col. (R) David Maxwell, Senior Fellow, Global Peace Foundation; Senior Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, U.S.A.
Col. (R) David Maxwell is a Senior Fellow at the Global Peace Foundation and at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy. He is the editor of the Small Wars Journal. He is a 30 year veteran of the US Army retiring in 2011 as a Special Forces Colonel with his final assignment serving on the military faculty teaching national security strategy at the National War College. He has spent more than 30 years in Asia with 3 years on the Korean DMZ and served on the United Nations Command / Combined Forces Command / United States Forces Korea UCJ3 staff where he was a planner for OPLAN 5027 and co-author of the original CONPLAN 5029 (North Korean Instability and Collapse) and later served as the Director of Plans, Policy, and Strategy (J5) and the Chief of Staff for Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR). He is a fellow at the Institute of Corean-American Studies (ICAS) and on the Board of Advisors for Spirit of America. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), the International Council of Korean Studies (ICKS), the Small Wars Journal, and the OSS Society. He teaches a graduate course, “Unconventional Warfare and Special Operations for Policy Makers and Strategists”.
Hon. Nobuo Tanaka, Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency
Dr. Nobuo Tanaka is the Chair of the Steering Committee of Innovation for Cool Earth Forum and CEO of Tanaka Global, Inc. He is former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (2007-2011) and Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability at the Institute for Energy Economics, Japan. Dr. Tanaka also was a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy, Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, and President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
Prof. Dr. Musdah Mulia, Founder Mulia Raya Foundation; Chairperson, Indonesian Conference on Religions for Peace
Prof. Dr. Musdah Mulia is a lecturer at Islamic State University in Jakarta, a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, and an activist in support of democracy, human rights, and gender issues. She is the first woman awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Islamic Political Thought at the State Islamic University of Syarif Hidayatullah, in Jakarta, and the first woman named as a Research Professor by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
Dr. Mulia is the founder of Mulia Raya Foundation, which promotes humanistic values and peace education, and the Chairperson of the Indonesian Conference on Religions for Peace. She served as a Senior Advisor to the Minister of Religious Affairs and in 2004 launched the Counter Legal Draft of the Compilation of Islamic Law that proposed women’s rights and gender equality in family life. She won numerous international awards for peace and human rights and is author of many books on Islamic political thought, Islam and human rights, and women’s rights.
Prof. Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, Chairman, Nation-Building Institute; Former Parliament Member of Thailand; Former Prime Ministerial Advisor of Thailand; Senior Fellow, Harvard University
Prof. Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University, USA and a Fellow at University of Oxford, and was a Prime Ministerial Advisor in Thailand, a Member of Parliament. Currently, he is President of the Institute of Future Studies for Development and an Honorary Consul General in Thailand. Currently, he is Chairman of the Nation-Building Institute (NBI). As a businessman, he is a Director of Singapore’s Public listed Company ASTI Holdings and the Chairman of Board Risk Management Committee, Krungthai-AXA Life Insurance Public Company Limited. He graduated from Monash University, Australia, with First Class Honors and top of the class and an Economics PhD in 1981. He obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University and holds a master’s degree from University of Cambridge, UK, having also a Doctor of Philosophy (D Phil) (Management) and Postdoctoral Studies (Policy Studies and Management) both at the University of Oxford, UK.
Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, Former Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sweden, and Latvia; Former Principal Executive Officer, National Foundation for Communal Harmony
Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar is a career diplomat who served as Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, as well as senior diplomatic assignments in Washington DC, Moscow, Brussels, Geneva, Bangkok, Teheran, and Dhaka. Ambassador Sajjanhar was Deputy Chief of Mission as well as Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN-ESCAP during his assignment in Bangkok and also served as Deputy Chief of Mission to the European Union, Belgium, and Luxemburg. He is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and a Distinguished Fellow at the Ananta Aspen Centre. Ambassador Sajjanhar was decorated by the Government of Kazakhstan with the Kazakh President’s Medal in 2011 and with the National Award by the Government of Latvia for strengthening and expanding bilateral ties and friendship. A keen proponent of Indian culture, he was the Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in Moscow and the Indian Foreign Service Institute in New Delhi.
Ambassador Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Chairman, Blue Banner; Former Mongolian Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan is the Chairman of Mongolian NGO Blue Banner and Former Mongolia Ambassador to the UN. He is an international lawyer and diplomat. As a diplomat he served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, represented his country in the Soviet Union/Russian Federation, Austria, Italy, Croatia, at the United Nations in New York and at international organizations based in Vienna. He also served as the foreign policy and legal advisor to the first democratically elected President of Mongolia and as the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council of Mongolia when the State Great Hural (parliament) considered and adopted the country’s first concepts of national security, foreign policy and the basis of military doctrine in 1994.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon, Founder and Chairman, Global Peace Foundation
Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon is the founder and chairman of the Global Peace Foundation (GPF), established in 2009 and currently active in 24 countries. Working across lines of identity – from culture, ethnicity, religion, and beyond – GPF works to foster the moral, innovative leadership necessary to resolve the most pressing issues in our world today. Dr. Moon’s disciplined focus on a common vision, universal principles and shared values guides GPF in building innovative models of peace, development and a global network of multi-sectoral partners. Even while addressing local issues, numerous regional and international level conventions, forums and programs, enables the organization to garner lessons and best practices for a global community. Dr. Moon has a lifelong passion for empowering young leaders, particularly in emerging countries. He founded Service For Peace in 2002 to provide international service learning opportunities for youth of diverse backgrounds who work together to address urgent social needs. Service For Peace is now established in 27 nations and has special consultative status with the United Nations. Dr. Moon is the author of Korean Dream: A Vision for a Unified Korea, which won the Book of the Year in 2014 by the Readers’ Newspaper in Korea.
Session II: Peace and Security
Moderator: Mr. Yeqing Li, Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia Peace & Development, Global Peace Foundation
Moderator: Mr. Yeqing (Victor) Li is a Senior Fellow on Northeast Asia at the Global Peace Foundation. He directs the Office of Strategic Partnership and coordinates an International Advisory Council for regional and global peace and development. He is also the Founding President of the China Society, former non-resident Senior Fellow of the Center for China and Globalization, former consultant at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group, Co-Founder and President of the Global Young Leaders Academy. He earned his BA in Sociology from Peking University and an MBA from Georgetown University.
Dr. Kyung-young Chung, Adjunct Professor at Graduate School of International Studies, Hanyang University; Policy Advisor for National Security Office, Blue House
Dr. Kyung-Young Chung is an Adjunct Professor at the Hanyang University Graduate School of International Studies and a Policy Advisor for the National Security Office of the Blue House. He was a policy practitioner at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combined Forces Command and troop Commander along the Demilitarized Zone, and National Security and International Security at Korea National Defense University and The Catholic University of Korea. Among many publications he has published “Challenge of National Security and Determination toward Unification” in 2017 and “The Signing of a Peace Treaty and the Future of U.S. Forces in Korea” in 2018, East Asia Institute. He received his PhD in international politics from the University of Maryland in the United States, Masters of Military Art and Science, U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and Master’s of Science for Systems Management, Graduate School, University of Southern California.
Dr. Hyun-wook Kim, Professor at Korea National Diplomatic Academy
Dr. Hyun-wook Kim is a professor and Director-General at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. His research areas include US-ROK alliance, US-DPRK relations, and Northeast Asian security. Formerly an advisory member for the National Security Council and the Ministry of Unification, Mr. Kim is now a standing member for the National Unification Advisory Council, a senior advisor for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and an honorary research fellow at the Korean Naval Academy. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego in 2014 and at George Washington University from 2020-2021. He completed his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Brown University, and worked at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral fellow.
Mr. Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; Former Special Assistant to President Reagan, U.S.A.
Mr. Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He previously was affiliated with the Heritage Foundation. He writes weekly columns for the American Conservative online and Antiwar.com. Previously a columnist for Forbes online, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he has been widely published in such periodicals as Foreign Policy, Orbis, National Interest, Foreign Affairs online, and Fortune, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire and Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World. He is co-author of The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relationship with North and South Korea. He received his B.S. in Economics from Florida State University in 1976 and his J.D. from Stanford University in 1979.
Dr. Nan Li, Research Fellow, Institute of American Studies, China Academy of Social Sciences
Dr. Nan Li is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). His research mainly focuses on U.S-North Korea relations and China-North Korea relations. Dr. Li has been a visiting Scholar at Seoul National University (2014-2015), Brookings Institution (2012), Johns Hopkins SAIS (2011-2012), and Kim Il-Sung University (DPRK) (2010). He is a graduate of the Renmin University of China where he earned a PhD in National Strategy, MA in International Relations & Political Science, and BA in International Politics & Political Science.
Dr. Sachio Nakato, Professor of International Relations, College of International Relations, Ritsumeikan University
Dr. Sachio Nakato is a Professor of International Relations of the College of International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan. His current research interests are international relations of Northeast Asia, U.S.-Japan relations, and North Korean foreign policy. Professor Nakato received his Ph. D. from Ritsumeikan University, M. A. from Ritsumeikan/American University, and B.A. from State University of New York at Oneonta. Professor Nakato has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Asian Studies, American University, and Graduate School of International Service, Sookmyung Women’s University.
Dr. Vladimir Ivanov, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Stimson Center
Dr. Vladimir Ivanov is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with Henry L. Stimson Center. Based in Moscow, Russia, Ivanov leads programmatic activities aimed at promoting better understanding between Russia and other countries to avoid inadvertent conflict escalation and enhance policy alignment on issues of common concern. Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Ivanov served as Director of the Russia and United States Program at the EastWest Institute (EWI) and Director of the EWI Moscow Office. In these capacities, he led recent U.S.-Russia non-governmental expert dialogues on military cooperation and strategic stability and coordinated Track 2 efforts in combatting terrorism and narcotrafficking, particularly in Afghanistan. Ivanov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) and also holds a PhD in history from MGIMO. He started his professional career as a professor of public relations at MGIMO, later becoming a journalist and a public relations manager for Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. and Sibirsky Aluminium Group in Moscow.
Dr. Jagannath Panda, Head of the Stockholm Centre for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs and Editor, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Sweden
Dr. Jagannath Panda is a leading strategic affairs expert on Indo-Pacific. He is currently based in Stockholm, and Heads the Stockholm Centre for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs (SCSA-IPA) at the Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), Sweden. Dr. Panda is also the Director for Europe-Asia Research Cooperation at the YCAPS; Senior Fellow at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), The Hague. Dr. Panda is the author of the book India-China Relations: Politics of Resources, Identity and Authority (Routledge: 2016) and China’s Path to Power: Party, Military and the Politics of State Transition (Pentagon Press: 2010). He is the author of numerous research articles and edited volumes including The Korean Peninsula and Indo-Pacific Power Politics: Status Security at Stake (Routledge: 2020), and have co-edited The Future of the Korean Peninsula: Korea 2032 and Beyond (Routledge: 2021), and Mongolia and Northeast Asian Security: Nuclear Proliferation, Environment, and Civilizational Confrontations (Routledge: 2021).
Dr. Margarita Ballesteros, Director of International Cooperation, Department of Education of Philippines
Dr. Margarita Ballesteros is the director of the International Cooperation Office of the Philippines Department of Education. She is the senior manager of the Education Department's relations with ASEAN, Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation on Human Resource Development, Health and Environment Secretariat, and UNESCO, as well as other bilateral engagements within the region. She also facilitates teacher exchanges such as the Korea-Philippines Teacher Exchange Program. The Royal Institute Singapore recognized her contribution to the education sector and awarded her as Doctor Fellow for International Education and Management. Her areas of interest include support for women and girls, especially in areas of conflict.
Dato Latt Shariman Abdullah, Former Political Secretary, Prime Minister of Malaysia; Former Special Function Officer of Malaysia Parliament at the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, and Prime Minister’s Office
Dato’ Latt Shariman Abdullah is a former senior officer of the Malaysian government who served the Prime Minister's Office, the Finance Ministry, the Economic Planning Unit, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Agriculture. He also led one of Malaysia's technology investment companies, the Malaysia Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) as Chairman. He is currently the Honorary Trade Advisor for the Thai Royal Government and Chairman of the Metal Industries Council of Malaysia. Dato’ Latt Shariman is Vice President of the Global Leadership Institute for Southeast Asia. He is the founding president of the Malaysian Esports Federation (MeSF) and is Kedah State Advisor for the Malaysian Red Crescent and Red Cross Society. Trained as an advocate and solicitor, Dato’ Latt Shariman is currently a businessman with interests in education technology, plantation, and development businesses. He is a peacemaker, loving father and husband who also enjoys cooking and painting.
Dr. Fennieka Kristianto, Vice Rector, President University, Indonesia
Dr. Fennieka Kristianto is the founder of Fennieka & Associates Law Office, in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is a licensed advocate and member of the Indonesian Bar Association (Peradi). Previously, Ms. Kristianto served as the Chief Legal Officer of Francorp Indonesia and is the former Head of the School of Law at President University. She currently serves as the Chairperson of Global Peace Foundation Indonesia and Vice Rector for Resources at President University. A published author, public speaker and ambassador for peace, Ms. Kristianto obtained her Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees majoring in Business Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Indonesia. She also earned a master’s degree in Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies from Azusa Pacific University in the United States. She also earned her Magister of Notary Affairs from the University of Indonesia.
Session III: Economy
Moderator: Mr. John Dickson, Senior Advisor, Global Peace Foundation
Moderator: Mr. John Dickson is a Senior Advisor on Economy and Government Relations at the Global Peace Foundation and president of World Trade Partnership. He has founded World Trade Centers in Okinawa and Afghanistan, and advised on others, most recently Georgetown, Guyana. Mr. Dickson was the founding chairman of the World Trade Centers Association’s Committee on Peace and Stability through Trade, organizing initiatives highlighting the contribution of the private sector to peace and stability. John serves on the steering committee of the UN’s Alliance of NGOs for South South Cooperation and serves on the boards of several significant civil society organizations including the Latin American Presidential Mission. Mr. Dickson is a co-founder and chairman of the Global Young Leaders Academy.
Dr. Chong-soo Park, Chairman, Presidential Committee On Northern Economic Cooperation, Republic of Korea
Dr. Chong-soo Park is chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation. He previously served as president of the Northeast Asian Community Culture Foundation. Dr. Park brings rich international research and experience to this exploration of the future of the Korean peninsula. He has been a Research Fellow at the Korea University Institute of Russia-CIS Studies and has served as minister in the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Moscow. He has been a visiting professor at Saint Petersburg State University, where he earlier earned his PhD in International Economics, and he has been an adjunct professor at Sogang University in Republic of Korea. Dr. Park is the author of many books including Finding Answers in the North: A New Northern Policy toward a G7, Unified Korea and Understanding of Modern Russia-North Korea Relations: Seeking to Transition from Patron-Client Relationship to Partnership (2021).
Dr. Kwang-kyu Nam, Director, Center for Unification and International Peace at the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University
Dr. Kwang-kyu Nam is Professor and Director of the Center for North Korea Studies at the Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University. He is the president of Maebong Institute for One Korea. He received his Ph.D., Dept. of Political Science, Korea University in Korea. His areas of research cover the fields of North Korea Studies, Inter-Korean Politics, and foreign policy of South Korea. He frequently appears in major mass media and newspapers in Korea as an expert on North Korean affairs. He also conducted the moderator in a current issue program on North Korea for four years at KBS radio, the Korean Broadcasting Station in South Korea. His publications include nine books and so many articles.Mr. Craig Steffensen, Global Development Consultant; Former Director, Asian Development Bank’s North American Representative Office
Mr. Craig Steffensen, Global Development Consultant; Former Director, Asian Development Bank’s North American Representative Office
Mr. Craig Steffensen is an independent consultant specializing in program design and project management. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID since 2018. Mr. Steffensen was a Representative to the Asian Development Bank’s North American Representative Office in Washington, D.C. from 2013-2018. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Steffensen served as ADB’s Country Director for Thailand, leading ADB's re-engagement with Myanmar; Country Director and Team Leader for Afghanistan; Head, Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Unit, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Resident Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Bangkok at the height of the Asian financial crisis. He has also held long-term assignments with the World Bank in Lao PDR and Washington, DC; The Asia Foundation in Thailand and Cambodia; US Agency for International Development in Thailand and Washington, DC; and US Peace Corps in the rural Philippines. Mr. Steffensen holds a Master’s degree in development economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Purdue University. He graduated from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1975.
Dr. Leonid A. Petrov, Dean, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
Dr. Leonid A. Petrov is a Senior Lecturer and Dean at the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS). He graduated from St. Petersburg State University, where he majored in Korean History and Language. In 2002, he obtained a PhD in History from the Australian National University. Between 2003 and 2012, Dr. Petrov worked at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam, Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, and the University of Sydney. He was involved in projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council: “North Korea’s Quiet Transformation”, “Northeast Asia and the Korean War: Legacies of Hot and Cold Wars in Contemporary Constructions of the Region”, “Historical Conflict and Reconciliation in East Asia”. Dr. Petrov is a visiting Fellow at the College of Asia and the Pacific of the Australian National University, where he teaches subjects related to North Korean economy, politics and culture.
Mr. Hyun-seung Lee, Fellow, Global Peace Foundation
Mr. Hyun-Seung Lee escaped North Korea when he was 29 years old. He engaged in trade and economic relations between China and North Korea through his managerial role in a business entity under the DPRK regime. He graduated from China Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, where he was the chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, Dalian China branch. After completing his military service in 2005 with the rank of Sergeant, he was granted membership in the Korean Workers Party. A series of brutal purges by Kim Jong Un forced him and his entire family to defect in late 2014. He regularly makes his appearance on the Korean media including Voice of America (VOA), and Radio Free Asia (RFA). Hyunseung is a Fellow on North Korean Studies at the Global Peace Foundation, and has been engaged with several NGOs in consulting roles.
Dr. Nanjin Dorjsuren, Founding Director, Mongolian Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy
Dr. Nanjin Dorjsuren is the Founding Director of Mongolian Institute of Northeast Asian Security and Strategy (NGO). And former Chief of the Center for International Security Studies at the Institute of Strategic Studies of Mongolia. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from the School of International Relations at the National University of Mongolia, Master’s degree in Policy Science from Ritsumeikan University in Japan, and Master of China Studies from Zhejiang University in China. Also he received his PhD' s degree in international relations from the University of Humanities of Mongolia. His primary field of study includes Korean Peninsula issues, China and Japan. He was one of the main organizers of Ulaanbaatar Dialogue for Northeast Asian Security, initiated by the Mongolian President.
Mr. Sourabh Gupta, Resident Senior Fellow at the Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS) in Washington D.C
Mr. Sourabh Gupta is a resident senior fellow at the Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS) in Washington D.C. He is a senior Asia-Pacific international relations policy specialist with two decades of Washington, D.C. based experience in a think tank and political risk research and advisory capacity. Key area of expertise pertains to the intersection of international law, both international maritime law (Law of the Sea) and international trade and investment law, with the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. Areas of specialization include analysis of major power relationships and key flashpoint issues in the Asia-Pacific region; analysis of outstanding territorial disputes and maritime law-related developments in Asia; and analysis of developments in World Trade Organization and Asia-Pacific investment, trade and economic regionalism-related policy and politics. He is a member of the United States Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) and was a 2012 East Asia Forum Distinguished Fellow.
Session IV: Human Rights
Moderator: Mr. Kenji Sawai, Northeast Asia Director at Office of Partnerships, Global Peace Foundation
Mr. Kenji Sawai is Northeast Asia Director in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the Global Peace Foundation International Headquarters. He is also an Advisor to Action for Korea United – Japan. After joining GPF in 2014 and building a partnership with Jai-poong Ryu and his One Korea Foundation, Kenji took on a key role in coordinating the One Dream One Korea K-Pop Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Korean Liberation Day at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Since moving to the US from Japan in 2003, Mr. Sawai has worked with several NGOs and leadership initiatives including the International Young Leaders Assembly. Kenji has consistently applied his mastery of the Korean language for North Korean Human Rights advocacy on the peninsula, in Japan and with the Korean diaspora and broader communities in the US. In recognition of his commitment and efforts, Kenji received an award from the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council Washington Chapter in 2017.
Mr. Kwang-joo Sohn, Former Chairman, Korea Hana Foundation
Mr. Kwang-joo Sohn is a journalist, researcher on North Korea, and North Korean human rights activist. In 2004 he co-founded The DailyNK, the world's first internet news site about North Korea, where he served as editor for 6 years. After graduating from Korea University, he worked as a reporter at Dong-A Ilbo for 11 years and served as chairman of Korea Hana Foundation (North Korean Refugees Foundation) under the ROK Ministry of Unification from 2015 to 2017. Mr. Sohn also served as research secretary of Jang-yop Hwang (the International Secretary of the North Korea Workers' Party responsible for developing the Juche ideology), who defected to South Korea in 1997.
Dr. Jin Shin, President, Institute for Peace Affairs; Professor and Director of the National Strategy Institute, Chungnam National University
Dr. Jin Shin is the President of the Institute for Peace Affairs; Chairman of the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy and Director of the National Strategy Institute, Chungnam National University. Dr. Shin Jin has spent more than 20 years as a researcher and educator with his aspiration to contribute to peaceful reunification of South Korea and North Korea. He has been given a number of awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship and Research Award from the Ministry of Unification. He has served as a visiting scholar at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. His published works mainly focus on North Korea's international relations, which is related to the reunification of the Korean peninsula. In preparation for reunification, the Korea Ministry of Unification asked the Institute for Peace Affairs, its most important partner, to co-build education programs about reunification for all educators in Korea.
Ambassador Dr. Morse Tan, Dean, School of Law at Liberty University
Ambassador Morse Hyung-Myung Tan served as the first Asian-American Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice in U.S. History. He has published more law review articles on North Korea than anyone. Routledge published his book: North Korea, International Law and the Dual Crises: Narrative and Constructive Engagement. He previously held Visiting Scholar positions at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and the University of Texas. The Korean-American Society of Chicago honored him as Korean-American of the Year and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selected him as an Emerging Leader. His media and speaking engagements regarding the DPRK range from the National Law Journal to UPI, WGN+ to Voice of America, the State Department Distinguished Lecture Series to Cornell Law School. Amb. Tan was born in Seoul, Korea and is fluent in Korean.
Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu, Executive Director, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu is the Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK). He is a visiting professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and instructor and coordinator of the Korean Peninsula and Japan class at the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). Scarlatoiu is vice president of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS). He has authored and broadcast on Radio Free Asia (RFA) for the past 18 years. His experience includes three years with the Korea Economic Institute. Scarlatoiu holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from Seoul National University’s Department of International Relations. Scarlatoiu was awarded the title ‘Citizen of Honor, City of Seoul,’ in January 1999. Born and raised in communist Romania, Scarlatoiu is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He is fluent in Korean and French and a native Romanian speaker.
Dr. Ethan Hee-seok Shin, Legal Analyst, Transitional Justice Working Group
Dr. Ethan Hee-seok Shin is a legal counsel at Seoul-based human rights documentation NGO Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) and a lecturer of international law at the Catholic University of Korea. He has been interviewing North Korean escapees in South Korea to record enforced disappearances and other grave human rights violations, made submissions to the UN human rights experts on their behalf and set up FOOTPRINTS, an online database of the people taken by North Korea. In a recent hearing at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, he was invited to speak on reforming South Korea’s law and institution concerning the arriving North Korean escapees. He holds a Ph.D. in international law from Yonsei University in South Korea and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Ms. Eiko Kawasaki, Chairwoman, Action for Korea United-Japan
Ms. Eiko Kawasaki is the Chairwoman of Action for Korea United-Japan and Founder of "KOREA OF ALL". She was repatriated to North Korea in 1960 at the age of 17. She had lived in North Korea for 43 years and defected from North Korea in 2003. In 2019, she held the 60th anniversary of the repatriation of 93,000 Korean Japanese successfully. In 2018, she filed a lawsuit against the North Korean Government demanding a compensation of 500 million yen for the victims at Tokyo District Court. She published a book titled "The Story of People Returning to North Korea from Japan.
Ms. Ji-hyun Park, Human Rights Research Manager, Slavefreetrade
Ms. Ji-hyun Park is a North Korean defector, human rights activist, and co-author of The Hard Road Out. She is a survivor of forced marriage and human trafficking who escaped twice from North Korea and has endured imprisonment in the North Korean gulags and had many near-death experiences. As a human rights activist, Ji-hyun exemplified tremendous courage as an advocate for the rights of North Korean women and children, whose work continuously places her in danger.
Ms. Park won the NatWest Chairman's Award in 2018 and the Amnesty Brave Award in 2020, and was named one of the Sunday Times Alternative Heroes in 2021. Together with her family, she currently lives in the UK. Ms. Park is the first North Korean refugee nominated for local elections in the UK in 2021 and 2022, respectively.