South Korea: Inspiration for Democracy in Asia

February 27, 2019
09:30 am - 01:00 pm
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About the Event

The Candlelight Movement demonstrated the motivation of South Koreans in responding to corruption, holding those in power accountable, and revitalizing democratic participation, particularly among younger people who were not part of the country’s transition to democracy in late 1980s. As South Korea pursues reforms to address the aspirations expressed by citizens in 2016 and 2017, we see a strengthened commitment among Korea’s civil society, academics, youth and parliamentarians to building stronger democratic institutions. South Korea’s democratic reinvigoration, amidst regional and global decline, beacons the question: How can South Korea position itself to provide stronger democratic leadership in Asia?

This event will feature two panel discussions, exploring how Korea’s democracy has been rejuvenated following the Candlelight Movement, and how South Korea can become a more robust leader to defend and promote democracy in the Asia region during a time where we see a major vacuum of traditional democratic leadership.

featuring opening remarks by 
Mr. Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy

Kathleen Stephens, President & CEO, Korea Economic Institute of America

Panel 1: Democratic Progress in South Korea

Prof. Dukjin Chang, Professor, Seoul National University
Dr. Bong-Scuk Sohn, Founder & President, Center for Korean Women and Politics
Dr. Jisoo Kim, Director, George Washington Institute for Korean Studies (Moderator)

Panel 2: South Korea’s Democracy Agenda in the Region

Prof. Taekyoon Kim, Professor, Seoul National University & Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
Dr. Jinock Lee, President, Korea Women’s Political Solidarity
Mr. Ichal Supriadi, Secretary General, Asia Democracy Network (ADN)
Dr. Lynn Lee, Associate Director (Asia Program), National Endowment for Democracy (Moderator)

*This event is sponsored by the Korea Foundation.


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