Category: COLUMN

The Doctoral Dissertation Defense and Submission

On March 30, 2015, I defended my doctoral dissertation at Boston University. Because it was a long-awaited event in my PhD life, I thought of how I would defend successfully, but it just happened. Come to think of it now, having spent two years on the job market, defending the main argument in the dissertation […]

Completing a Fellowship in Washington – South Korea and the TPP

On the first day of the year 2015, I moved from Boston to the Greater Washington DC area to serve as Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. At the EWC, I would focus specifically on intellectual property issues in the TPP negotiations and the ramifications for U.S.-Northeast Asian economic relations. However, for […]

Intellectual Property in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Back in February, I gave a presentation on intellectual property in the TPP and the TTIP at the TAPS Conference at the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown. It had been a long while since I had prepared a presentation for contents involving the European region, because I had focused on U.S.-Northeast […]

Contemplating the Future of the Two Koreas

About a month ago, I attended my second and last conference as Korea Foundation Fellow for the Pacific Forum-Center for Strategic and International Studies. My first conference participation was in Maui, Hawaii in June, and my second one was in Honolulu, Hawaii. Because the first conference involved participants from the U.S., South Korea, and Japan, […]

Approaching Science and Technology as a Political Economist – The Dupont Summit

This past weekend I attended the Dupont Summit 2014 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy Issues, hosted by the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) and held at the Historic Whittemore House in Dupont Circle. I also delivered a presentation of my ongoing coauthored paper on intellectual property and the TPP at a panel on Emergent Issues […]

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 […]