Category: COLUMN

Striking the ’21st Century’ Trade Deal – The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

This past month I had the opportunity to speak to students at the Kennedy School of Government regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the negotiations process. The focus of the talk was centering on what is fundamentally new in the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations. Is the TPP a total divergence and shift from the global […]

The WITA-GWU Intensive Trade Seminar

I just came back from my first trade seminar experience in Washington, D.C. The WITA-GWU ITS, sponsored by the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University, is a 2-Day intensive program on U.S. trade policy making with a series of briefings by U.S. policy makers, lawyers, […]

Entering a Series of Job Talks

A while ago I gave a practice job talk at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University. It was not really intended for a real job, but for my own training to address the important issues of my dissertation to a general audience. The audience were a group of predoctoral fellows, […]

Costa Rica’s Encounter with China

Last week, I attended a conference on China’s Reforms held at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), located in the capital of the country – San José, Costa Rica. I benefitted from information in books on Costa Rica prior to the trip. Other than my previous short trips to Mexico, this would be my first […]

High School Education in Japan and South Korea

A while ago, a local college in Boston contacted me and asked if I could deliver a lecture for a group of Japanese high school students visiting the United States. After some days of negotiating on the compensation, I decided to do a lecture on U.S. foreign economic policies with a focus on Northeast Asia […]

False Promises in the Field of Korean Studies

Last week, I embarked on a journey to Monterey in California to present the contents of my dissertation project at the Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the Korea Foundation. The workshop was held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds at Monterey, where wildlife on the coasts of the Pacific […]

A New Breakthrough in Teaching

In Spring 2013, I taught a course on contemporary international relations of East Asia to a small group of college students at Tufts University. The number of students did not go beyond 20, and owing to the small size of the class, I was able to benefit from much of the discussions that went on […]

Establishing Networks in the Field of Global Political Economy

Last week, I attended the Global Political Economy (GPE) PhD Dissertation Workshop held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) in Waterloo, Canada. I was very curious to learn how the Canadian field of political economy would differ from the one here in the U.S. Established by the Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Blackberry, […]

Whose Ox is Gored?

WHOSE OX IS GORED? “Overall, whose ox is gored?” is the main question Professor Gregory Noble raised during his comments in the Social Science Dissertation Workshop last week which was held at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo (we also call it Shaken Seminar). “It all depends on whose ox is being gored” […]

What You Do With That Capital?

At a recent policy paper presentation and publication event held at the Korea Economic Institute of America (see the video recording of the conference here) in Washington, D.C., the comments on capital use, profit maximization, and the recent implementation of capital controls prompted me to write this column. Allow me to lay out some of the discussions I […]