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Theme Week Security 2016: Artificial Islands in the South China Sea

Legal and Strategic Perspectives

On May 17, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the SLOC Study Group—Korea held their 6th joint conference at The Plaza Hotel in Seoul. The overarching theme of the conference—artificial islands in the South China Sea—produced a lot of fruitful discussion as well as debate. It was clear that the two organizations had built a strong tradition of German-Korean dialogue. more…

Event Reports | June 1, 2016

Theme Week Security 2016: Transnational Risk Assessment and Responses


On May 16, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and RINSA held their 6th joint conference at the Westin Chosun hotel in Seoul amid a wide diversity of panels and presentations. The key headlines were related to the growing threat of transnational risks on cyber, migration and epidemic dimensions. Europe and Asia became the prevailing theme as the German-Korean exploration for common ground spurred fruitful discussions. more…

Event Reports | May 24, 2016

Expert’s Meeting: A Post-Evaluation of the 20th Parliamentary Election

A week after the 20th parliamentary elections in South Korea, the KAS Korea Office invited representatives of the two major parties, Saenuri and Minjoo, as well as members of citizens’ initiatives to join an experts meeting to discuss the unexpected outcome of the election. The main topics of this cross-party discussion which was held on April 20th included possible reasons for the loss of the Saenuri Party in the recent election and potential long-term consequences for Korean politics. Prof. Emeritus Jang-Hie Lee of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies moderated the lively discussion. more…

Event Reports | April 27, 2016

Inconclusiveness As a Guiding Principle?

Six Decades of South Korean Unification Policy

The question of the quality of inter-Korean relations and the inevitably associated debate on the reunification of the two countries on the Korean Peninsula do not generally lead to escalations in everyday politics in South Korea. On the contrary: There is the impression that this issue is on the country’s political agenda particularly because it is considered "good form" to address it. more…

Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Andreas Kindsvater | International Reports | August 4, 2015

"We have come to learn"

in Korean language

The publications contains interviews and conclusions of researches and dialogue programs undertaken between 2012 and 2014 by teachers of the Yeo-Myung School in Seoul in cooperation with KAS on the subject of merging education systems of democratic and totalitarian states. The Yeo-Myung School's mission for some time already has been the integration of younf North Korean refugees into South Korean society. The School has also been constantly working on recommendations for teachers' training with respect to Korean reunification. more…

February 1, 2015