GWIKS held its first Soh Jaipil Circle, a meeting to bring professionals together from the academic and think tank communities to engage in conversations related to Korean issues, on February 16th, 2017 at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies conference room. For our first meeting, we had the honor of having Dr. Daniel Roh, president and CEO of Asia Risk Monitor, Inc., as our first speaker. With his work and study experience in Hong Kong, China, Japan, and Korea, he is an expert in East Asian relations. He received his Ph.D. degree in the field of comparative political economy as a specialist in Japanese studies at MIT. In recent years, he has been interested in historical conflicts between Japan and Korea. As the current political turmoil between Japan and Korea heightens, his main talk explored the prospects of reconciliation between the two countries. He explained the history of main conflicts between Japan and Korea: Dokdo/Takeshima, comfort women, and post-war tensions. He shared his interesting prospects about the current issues between Japan and Korea to 30+ professors and students who gathered for the Soh Jaipil Circle meeting.
Written by Ann Yang