Category: NOTES

[Op-Ed] What COVID-19 Reveals: The Risk of China-Centered Global Supply Chains and the Acceleration of Tech Wars in AI

My latest Op-Ed on the impact of COVID-19 on the global supply chain and tech wars is now available online. Click on the picture to read. This is an interim outcome of the IAFOR-Korea Foundation project on ‘Japan & South Korea Relations in China-US Relations’ with Osaka University, for which we held an online panel via […]

[WEBINAR] East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the 60th Anniversary Virtual Seminar Series – Comparing South Korea’s COVID-19 Tracking with Europe: Implications for ROK-EU Relations and Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)

On July 17, 2020, I will deliver an online presentation entitled, ‘Comparing South Korea’s COVID-19 Tracking with Europe: Implications for ROK-EU Relations and Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI)’ for the 60th Anniversary of the East-West Center in Washington (EWCW), and the 10th Anniversary of the Strategic Partnership between South Korea and the European Union. […]

[ONLINE PANEL] COVID-19 and the Crisis of Global Politics: A View from Asia

Please join me Thursday for an online panel discussion on COVID-19 with perspectives from Asia, sponsored by the International Academic Forum (IAFOR) and the Korea Foundation. Online Info Facebook Event Link During the 5 minute presentation allotted I will first explain in the first half the impact of COVID-19 on the US-China relations in the technological […]

[GRANT] Awarded a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) NextGen Grant

My book project has been awarded the Next Generation Researcher Grant of the National Research Foundation of Korea for my first book manuscript, TRADE WARS & CURRENCY CONFLICT: China, South Korea and Japan’s Responses to U.S. Pressures since the Global Financial Crisis. Originally, the book project was based on my PhD dissertation submitted to Boston University in 2015, […]

Singapore, the Second Half

I completed my two-year postdoctoral fellowship at NUS and left Singapore on August 15, 2017. The second half of my postdoctoral fellowship was an array of writings on Northeast Asia and the Middle East, presentations of my work at different conferences in several different countries – namely, Japan, China, South Korea, the US and the UK […]

China Visit – Tianjin, Beijing and Hong Kong

I had not gone back to China since I left Beijing after dissertation fieldwork on July 31, 2012. So my visit to China marked a return in almost five years. The Zhou Enlai School of Government of Nankai University in Tianjin, where I gave my first presentation within mainland China in 2008, had built a […]

‘Pay It Forward’ in the Age of Anti-Immigration

In mid-April, one of the personnel at a global immigration law firm came to me after seeing me in a series of TV interviews on current international affairs, and explained that his firm wants me to give a keynote at an upcoming immigration conference his firm will be hosting. He had looked up my research profile […]

US Visit – East Asian Policymaking Workshop

I recently returned from a trip to five major US cities in the Northeast – New York, Middletown, New Haven, Boston, and Washington, DC – via the Incheon International Airport in Seoul from May 15 to May 29. The trip was planned around the East Asian Policymaking Workshop at Wesleyan University. Because the trip was […]

UK Visit – Brexit, Terrorism and China

An unprecedented research trip to the UK occurred from the 19th to the 25th of March – three days each in London and Manchester. My previous visits to the UK had been purely for visit purposes – this time it was purely research and conference oriented. I spent the first three days in London digging […]

New Beginnings for South Korea

The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea’s decision to impeach (former) President Park Geun Hye and her departure from the Blue House comes at a difficult time when the country strives to find a way to make things anew. These are very challenging times both domestically and externally. Economic downturn, rapid aging of the […]