Invited Speakers

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  • SONG Young Hoon

    Professor, Department of Political Science, Kangwon National University
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 3

    SONG Young Hoon

    Professor, Department of Political Science, Kangwon National University
    Republic of Korea

    Young Hoon Song is Dean of the Office of Planning and Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science at Kangwon National University. He was a director of the Kangwon Institute for Unification Studies during 2019-2020. Before joining the university, he had worked for the Korea Institute for National Unification (2014-2015) and the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University (2011-2014). He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2011. His research interests lie in international relations theory, conflict and forced migration, international human rights and humanitarianism, and inter-Korean relations.

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  • Kathleen STEPHENS

    Board Chair, The Korea Society / President & CEO, Korea Economic Institute of America
    U.S.A.

    Plenary Session

    Kathleen STEPHENS

    Board Chair, The Korea Society / President & CEO, Korea Economic Institute of America
    U.S.A.

    Ambassador Kathleen Stephens assumed leadership of KEI as President and CEO in September 2018. Ambassador Stephens was a career diplomat in the United States Foreign Service, 1978-2015. She was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2008-2011, the first woman and first Korean-speaker to serve in that position. Other overseas assignments included postings to China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, where she was U.S. Consul General in Belfast during the negotiations culminating in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and India, where she was U.S. Charge d’Affaires.

    Ambassador Stephens served in a number of policy positions in Washington at the Department of State and the White House. These included acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and National Security Council Director for European Affairs at the Clinton White House.

    Korea has been a leit motif of Ambassador Stephens’ life and career since she served in rural Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer and trainer, 1975-1977. She was in Korea 1983-1989, first as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul reporting on Korea’s domestic political and human rights scene, and later leading the U.S. Consulate in Busan.

    Stephens was William J. Perry Fellow for Korea at Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center. She has also been Endowed Chair Professor for Language and Diplomacy at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, and Senior State Department Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She is a Mansfield Foundation Distinguished Fellow, Pacific Century Institute Board Chairman, Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of The Asia Foundation, and The Korea Society Board Chair. She is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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