Ateneo Center for Asian Studies


The Ateneo Korean Studies Program - formerly AIKS and Southeast Asian Studies Program - Ateneo de Manila University in partnership with the International Studies Department of Far Eastern University invite you to "Partnership between ASEAN and Korea amid Global Uncertainties", a special lecture by Ambassador Kim Young-sun, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre. Online registration is open until January 20:

WHEN: January 26, 2017 (Thursday) | 1:30PM-3:30PM

WHERE: Escaler Hall, Ateneo de Manila University


ASEAN-Korea relations have seen leaps and bounds since the establishment of official ties in 1989. The partnership was elevated to a Strategic Partnership in 2010 and in 2014, the leaders held a Commemorative Summit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their relations in Busan. Realizing that socio-cultural cooperation is most important in driving further political, security and economic cooperation, the Korean government will be inaugurating the ASEAN Culture House in Busan, the first institution promoting ASEAN culture outside of ASEAN.

2017 is a commemorative year celebrating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN as well as the ASEAN-ROK Cultural Exchange Year as designated by the leaders of ASEAN and Korea. At this critical juncture, it is timely and meaningful to discuss how the ASEAN-Korea relations have developed over the last few decades, its current developments, and its future. Also, with the launching of the ASEAN Community at the end of 2015, how does ASEAN and Korea see each other, especially with Korea as a Dialogue Partner, and what kind of support and mutual benefits do they share?

Furthermore, the Asia-Pacific region has been a playground for major power rivalry for decades. With the new Trump Administration in the US, the rise of China and weakening multilateralism, the global environment is full of uncertainties. Amid these ambiguities, what direction should ASEAN and Korea take to deepen their partnership and how should they move forward?

The key question is, what is ASEAN for Korea and what is Korea for ASEAN? What is the underlying rationale for further developing their Strategic Partnership into a more lasting and sustainable partnership?

Amb. KIM Young-sun
Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, Seoul, Korea

Ambassador Kim Young-sun is the Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre. Before joining the Centre, he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Indonesia from 2011 to 2014. His other postings include the Special Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Spokesperson and Deputy Minister for Public Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also served in various countries including Lebanon as Ambassador, as well as in the US, Japan, Israel and Egypt. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Seoul National University in Korea, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the Graduate School of Keio University in Japan. 



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