CAPEC Conference Explores U.S.-Korean Economic Relations

Posted: November 14, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Robinson Professor John Paden, codirector of the Center for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (CAPEC), will welcome participants to the conference on “The Korean Economy and Korea-U.S. Economic Relations” tomorrow in Mason Hall, Rooms 3A and B.

The conference is free and open to everyone in the community interested in East Asian issues. Paden expects at least 80 people to participate, mostly from the Korean-American community.

“The question of the Korean economy and Korea-U.S. economic relations is central to the global economy, to the Asia Pacific economy, and to the prospects for peace and security in the East Asian context,” says Paden. “Our conference is meant to focus on the economic issues, but clearly with a broader vision of options for the future.”

The speakers list includes Marcus Noland, a senior fellow at the Institute for International Economics and a fellow at the Institute for Korean American Studies. Noland, who was also a senior economist at the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, is unique among American economists in having devoted serious scholarly effort to the problems of North Korea and the prospects for Korean unification. He is author of Avoiding the Apocalypse: The Future of the Two Koreas.

Other notable speakers are Yoon Shik Park, a professor of international banking and finance at George Washington University, who has written extensively and consulted to many international economic agencies including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development; Soon Paik, a senior economist of the U.S. Department of Labor; and Youn Suk Kim, an editor of the International Journal of Korean Studies and a member of the editorial board of Human System Management. Kim was named Fellow of Gateway Institute for Regional Development.

The event is preliminary to the centennial of Korean immigration to the United States, which will be celebrated next spring. For more details, visit the CAPEC web site or the conference web site.

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