Join us for an insightful exploration of South Korea's Indo-Pacific Strategy and its implications for Australia at AIIA's annual Korea Forum.



In 2022, President Yoon Suk-yul introduced South Korea's first Indo-Pacific Strategy, emphasizing principles such as commitment to the international rules-based order, democracy, and human rights. Unlike other regional powers, South Korea's strategy avoids direct confrontation with Chinese aggression while addressing issues such as North Korea's nuclear confrontation.


A significant summit in August 2023 brought together Korea, Japan, and the United States to reaffirm their commitment to a free and peaceful Indo-Pacific. Although Australia wasn't a direct participant, it closely monitored the proceedings.

This forum aims to analyze Australia's potential role in Korea's Indo-Pacific Strategy and assess Korea's alignment with existing regional structures such as the Quad, the Australia-Japan-US trilateral arrangement, and AUKUS. By engaging with experts from South Korea, Australia, and other Indo-Pacific states, we seek to provide insights for participants interested in understanding South Korea's foreign policy objectives, particularly within the Indo-Pacific context.


Register now to join us for an academic dialogue that delves into the complexities of regional dynamics and foreign policy strategies.


Please note, this event is in-person only, and does not have a virtual component. Registration is limited due to venue capacity.

Agenda

9

30AM

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9

45AM

Opening remarks

Dr Bryce Wakefield

9

45AM

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11

00AM

Panel 1: Promoting a free and peaceful Indo-Pacific

Dr Adam BartleyDr Duyeon KimDr Troy Lee-BrownAllan Behm

Experts will discuss South Korea's efforts to foster a free and peaceful Indo-Pacific. Topics include Korea's diplomatic engagements, participation in multilateral forums, and contributions to peacekeeping efforts. The panel will explore challenges and opportunities in Korea's Indo-Pacific strategy, considering regional power dynamics and maritime security concerns.

11

00AM

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11

20AM

11

20AM

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12

35PM

Panel 2: Trade and regional frameworks

Dr Bryce WakefieldDr Gibum KimLouise McGrathLiz Griffin GAICD

This panel will analyze South Korea's role in regional trade dynamics and frameworks. Topics include Korea's trade policies, participation in FTAs, and involvement in initiatives like RCEP and CPTPP. Panelists will assess the impact on regional economic integration, supply chain resilience, and Korea's challenges in navigating trade tensions.

12

35PM

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1

35PM

1

35PM

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2

50PM

Panel 3: International law and the rules-based order

Professor Suh Yong CHUNGDr Hyein Ellen ChoDr Lauren RichardsonEmily Mosley

Experts will examine South Korea's adherence to international law and the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. Topics include Korea's engagement with legal frameworks, participation in regional institutions, and implications for regional stability and dispute resolution mechanisms.

3

15PM

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3

45PM

Seminar: How to write an op-ed

Dr Adam Bartley

Participate in our Op-Ed workshop, an integral component of our event, where we'll delve into the nuanced process of crafting compelling opinion pieces. This workshop offers an academic exploration of the structural intricacies and persuasive techniques inherent in Op-Ed writing. Additionally, attendees will gain insights into avenues for publication through Australian Outlook, our esteemed platform. Editorial guidelines and strategies for navigating the submission process will be discussed, providing participants with valuable tools for contributing to informed discourse on South Korea's Indo-Pacific Strategy and its implications for Australia.

We invite engagement from attendees to utilize the knowledge gleaned from forum discussions to draft insightful Op-Eds, thereby enriching the intellectual dialogue surrounding key regional dynamics.

3

45PM

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4

00PM

Closing remarks

Richard Broinowski AO

Speakers

  • Dr Adam Bartley (Managing Editor of Australian Outlook at Australian Institute of International  Affairs)

    Dr Adam Bartley

    Managing Editor of Australian Outlook at Australian Institute of International Affairs

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  • Allan Behm (Head of the International and Security Affairs Program at The Australia Institute at The Australia Institute)

    Allan Behm

    Head of the International and Security Affairs Program at The Australia Institute at The Australia Institute

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  • Richard Broinowski AO

    Richard Broinowski AO

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  • Professor Suh Yong CHUNG (President at Seoul International Law Academy)

    Professor Suh Yong CHUNG

    President at Seoul International Law Academy

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  • Dr Hyein Ellen Cho (Lecturer at Monash University)

    Dr Hyein Ellen Cho

    Lecturer at Monash University

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  • Liz Griffin GAICD (CEO of Australia-Korea Business Council)

    Liz Griffin GAICD

    CEO of Australia-Korea Business Council

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  • Dr Duyeon Kim (Adjunct Senior Fellow at Center for a New American Security)

    Dr Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow at Center for a New American Security

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  • Dr Gibum Kim (Associate Research Fellow at Korea Institute for Defense Analyses)

    Dr Gibum Kim

    Associate Research Fellow at Korea Institute for Defense Analyses

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  • Dr Troy Lee-Brown (Research Fellow at UWA Defence and Security Institute)

    Dr Troy Lee-Brown

    Research Fellow at UWA Defence and Security Institute

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  • Louise McGrath (Head Industry Development and Policy at Australian Industry Group)

    Louise McGrath

    Head Industry Development and Policy at Australian Industry Group

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  • Emily Mosley (National Operations Manager at Australian Institute of International Affairs)

    Emily Mosley

    National Operations Manager at Australian Institute of International Affairs

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  • Dr Lauren Richardson (Lecturer at The Australian National University)

    Dr Lauren Richardson

    Lecturer at The Australian National University

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  • Dr Bryce Wakefield (Chief Executive Officer at AIIA)

    Dr Bryce Wakefield

    Chief Executive Officer at AIIA

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