By Feature Editor Sung Jung-wook
Official Event and Session 1: The situation around the Korean Peninsula and changes based on economic and technological alliance
The second Pyeongtaek International Peace and Security Forum was held at the Grand Ballroom of the Mondrian Hotel in Itaewon, Seoul, on Nov. 17.
Mayor Jung Jang-seon of Pyeongtaek City, Rep. Yoo Eui-dong, Chairman Ryu Seung-ryong of the Pyeongtaek City Council, Ambassador Philip Goldberg of U.S. (video congratulatory speech), Deputy Commander Ahn Byung-seok of ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command delivered a congratulatory speech.
U.N. Command Deputy Commander Andrew Harrison delivered a keynote speech and President Lee Kwang-hyung of KAIST and former President Ahn Ho-young of the Graduate School of North Korean Studies gave special speeches.
Patrick Cronin, Asia-Pacific Security chair professor at Hudson Institute, introduced panelists to the participants before proceeding with the session 1.
Professor Kim Young-han of the Economics and Global Economics at Sungkyunkwan University who was in charge of the first presentation, made an announcement about the "Technology & Economic Alliance in the Post Bretton Woods Era."
Professor Jeong Han-beom of the Diplomacy and Politics at Korea National Defense University announced under the title of "Changes in the International Situation and the ROK-U.S. Alliance."
Third, Senior Fellow Jenny Town of US Stimson Center and 38 North Director gave an in-depth presentation on ‘Prospects and Challenges for Confidence Building on the Korea Peninsula’.
Fourth, Professor Michishita Naruchige of National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan gave a video presentation on ‘Changing Strategic Environment in East Asia and Japan’s Response’.
Session 2: The roles of USFK and Pyeongtaek City in the wake of changing landscape in Northeast Asia
Kim Joon-hyung, a professor of international regional studies at Handong University, presided over the session 2.
As a presenter, Hao, the head of Ewha Woman’s University's Graduate School of International Studies, delivered a speech about "Expansion of peace and security discourse: new problems and new actors."
Professor Rowland B. Wilson of Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University Korea presented with the topic of "Challenges and Opportunities of Pyeongtaek City" and Professor Chung Ku-youn of the Department of Political Science at Kangwon National University presented under the subject of "Great Power Competition and the Role of South Korea"
Professor Choi Gi-il of National Security at Sangji University, made a presentation on a "Proposal for the era of US Forces Korea and the international city of Pyeongtaek contributing to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula"
The second Pyeongtaek International Peace and Security Forum is at a very important crossroads beyond the economy and security of Korea and the United States to expand into a technological alliance.
As a result, the International Peace and Security Forum organized by Pyeongtaek City has great significance.