Tagged: China

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 […]

Asia Tour 2016-17

For the past month and a half I did a tour around Asia – from Singapore to Tokyo, to Seoul, to Bangkok, to Tokyo again, then back to Singapore. I was dispatched to Tokyo as part of the NUS-Keio Workshop, and spent two weeks of December and another two weeks in January in Tokyo Midtown. […]

The Middle East and Arabic Training

A decade has passed since my time at the UNSC Sanctions Committees (2005-06). After the PhD training, I have come to realize that after obtaining the PhD, you are free to decide what you research. At each stage of my life, I took up a new language – Korean was my native, English in elementary […]

Upcoming research in Washington

On Trade Remedy It took a while after dissertation defense to plan out a firm book proposal and agenda. A couple of meetings were held with book publishers in order to figure out what they were looking for and how I could contribute. In the course of a year, after comments from several job talks […]

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, […]