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[International Strategic Foresight] Mid- to Long-term Future Strategy for the Korean Peninsula: Unified Governance on the Korean Peninsula (No. 13)
The mid- to long-term future of peace and shared prosperity on the Korean Peninsula fundamentally depends on the question of whether it is possible to establish a new unit for a unified Korean Peninsula that transcends the multilayered rifts and division between the two Koreas. The report defined “collective governance,” which facilitates sustainable peacebuilding on a unified Korean Peninsula, as a concept that embraces the realization of collective institutionalization, as well as the civil society as a “community of people.” The report proposed a differentiated methodology for integration that emerged from the long-term and gradual integration process of the European Union while presenting the collective governance of the Korean Peninsula as a mid- to long-term future strategy.
[National Future Strategic Insight] Improvement Directions of University Education for Enhancing Innovative Capabilities of Talented People: Learning Support and the Development of Diagnostic Indicato
Changes in university education are required to strengthen innovation capabilities for the sustainable development of the nation economy through innovation in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Also, policy discussions and support for effective learning support are needed to enhance the innovative capabilities of university students who are in the stage of preparing for entry into the labor market. However, there are relatively less policy discussions on changes in teaching method in specific educational settings compared to discussions on changing the content and curriculum of university education. The study aims to explore directions and strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of learning support in relation to the changing direction of university education to strengthen the innovation capabilities of talented people. Thus, it presented the “diagnostic indicator for learning support to enhance innovative capabilities of university students” developed based on learning paradigms, learning types, and learning support strategies that should be emphasized in the new environment, as well as implications and ways of utilization.
[Futures Brief] The Rise of Emerging Citizens and the Social Landscape: Future Dialogues with Citizens from Six Regions (No.9)
In this study, emerging citizens who experience deepening social problems such as climate crisis, South-North conflict, unbalanced development, residential insecurity, family dissolution, technological disparity, and environmental destruction were discovered, and we engaged in future dialogues with them. Emerging citizens pointed out several social issues, including government policies that drive citizens away if they fail to quickly achieve their dreams, policies that invest in external appearances and neglect accumulation of cultural assets, ongoing conflict between economic growth and environmental preservation and the lack of solutions, a culture that discriminates against minorities and vulnerable groups when society feels insecure, the dissolution of families and communities along with the weakening of social care, and a government that destroys the future generations and the future environment, and stressed that the government should address these problems to ensure that more citizens do not experience feelings of insecurity and discouragement.
(23-02 Series Report) Future response policy: Medium to long-term strategy for Population change and government
Previously unexperienced demographic changes, such as population decline and rapid aging, are presenting new challenges for South Korea. Are we adequately prepared for the future amid these rapid changes? Is the government effectively addressing these issues from a medium to long-term perspective? This study aims to examine the government's medium to long-term strategy related to population changes and derive insights by investigating policies related to elderly health, defense personnel, immigration, and regional policies for population decline. In examining the policies for an aging society and elderly health, the study finds that national-level medium to long-term plans provide fundamental policy directions for establishing a healthy and humane aging society and can be linked to indicators for future society response. Looking into population decline and defense personnel policies, the study observes that the basic defense reform plan can be influenced by changes in administration and the target of maintaining a standby military force size of 500,000 in the mid-term defense plan is practically challenging to achieve. Regarding population decline and immigration policies, a significant portion of the budget is being used for multicultural family support, while policy considerations for foreign laborers and other related aspects have been inadequate. An examination of regional policies for population decline reveals that they primarily focus on economic aspects in responding to population decline, highlighting the need for a more multifaceted strategy. While it is possible to link the government's medium to long-term strategies through a framework of indicators for future society response, it is also necessary to establish a more detailed and multi-dimensional framework for evaluating government policies. From the perspective of long-term future readiness, it is essential to strengthen the government's planning and systematic approach in allocating budgets related to population changes, such as population decline and aging. Furthermore, establishing a mechanism for monitoring the national medium to long-term strategy at the legislative level is required.
(23-11 Research Report) Futures strategies based on indicators 2023
Dialoguing with citizens regarding the future is the core part of a research project in which researchers forecast the future together with citizens who discuss their preferred future society. The research is meaningful in that the future should not be the exclusive domain of a few experts or the government, but should rather be completed with the participation of various individuals while carefully considering the daily lives of citizens. This year, we met a variety of citizens, including residents of Busan, young politicians, atomic bomb victims, nuclear power plant villagers, multicultural immigrant women, youth in family care, teachers at alternative schools, local graduate school students in the humanities and social sciences, attorneys for juvenile offenders, women defected from North Korea and their children, and sexual minorities. Together, we forecasted several possible futures and discussed which of them we hoped would come to fruition and what necessary policies they would entail. When looking at the future, these people said that they wish there would be more opportunities like this. This study analyzes what kind of future our society should pursue from the perspective of minorities and the weak. These efforts are an essential process to realize a mature society that takes care of minorities and the vulnerable community above all else according to the preferred future presented by the National Assembly Futures Institute for 2021. Researchers prefer the expression ‘emerging citizens’ rather than minorities and the vulnerable community. Minorities and the weak in our society are considered objects of one-sided benefits that society must take care of. However, the researchers believe that the problems they raise are ones that our society must solve for the future. In that respect, they are not beneficiaries but rather innovators in our society. Citizens who participated and cooperated in this year's research testify that we can create a new future together with them. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the researchers who pursued the study by meeting citizens from various fields, conducted in-depth interviews, and held future outlook workshops. Additionally, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the local citizens, social activists, experts, and young people who participated in the research. We believe that future alternatives can be found in the activities of these people, and that policies developed together with them will be useful. Dialogue about the future with emerging citizens must continue. We hope that the results of this study can be used as productive data to present and advance an alternative future in our society.
(23-10 Research Report) Futures strategies based on indicators 2023
To address complex and uncertain social challenges entangled in various stakeholder interests within a volatile policy environment, rational decision-making based on scientific and objective data is required. The National Assembly, as the representative body of the people and the ultimate decision-making institution for national policies, is expanding its role. As such, there is a need to provide data-driven empirical analysis materials from a medium to long-term perspective to support the activities of the National Assembly in examining national policies. This study aims to construct a comprehensive and specific indicator system that can be easily understood and perceived by the public to diagnose and empirically analyze social changes. This will enhance the resilience and preparedness of future society. Specifically, it seeks to assess whether our society is adequately prepared and responsive to demographic mega-trends such as low birth rates, population aging, and changes in population structure, and then to subsequently derive policy implications. Given the world's lowest birth rates, an aging society, and demographic changes, demographic factors have a long-term and wide-ranging impact on society, necessitating strategies for preparation and response. While demographic changes in South Korea may have negative implications for maintaining the current economic and social system, there are also opportunities that can bring about new societal changes. A smart-growth society envisions a prosperous future that develops the economy and society through technological and institutional innovations. In the era of an aging population, digital accessibility and capabilities for the elderly are gradually improving through technology and institutional innovation, but the level of digital information literacy among the elderly remains low, confirming the need for policy support. Looking at indicators for a sustainable and secure society reveals that the utilization rates of childcare facilities and kindergartens are on the rise, and greenhouse gas emissions and the proportion of renewable energy generation have improved compared to the previous year. Examining indicators related to a cooperative society that respects diversity shows that the gender inequality index has decreased internationally. Examination of future society response indicators confirms that the establishment of sub-indicators for youth, the elderly, women, and others is necessary for formulating strategies to address population-related issues such as low birth rates and population aging. Regular management plans for the indicator system for future society, as derived from this study, need to be established. To achieve this, it is necessary to develop a roadmap for setting future vision, deriving core strategies, and identifying key monitoring indicators through a specific process and at specific intervals.
The Successful Openings of the NAFI International Strategy Research Center, and Grand Strategy for Diplomacy Seminar
The Successful Openings of the NAFI International Strategy Research Center, and Grand Strategy for Diplomacy Seminar - Theoretical discussions on liberal international order, value diplomacy, and national interest diplomacy, and their application in Korea - NAFI (President Hyeon Kon Kim) International Strategy Research Center opened the “Grand Strategy for Diplomacy: Value, Practicality, and National Interest” seminar on Dec, 15 at 10 AM in the 2nd Meeting Room, Members’ Office Building. Nationally renowned international political scientists were invited to share their in-depth knowledge and thoughts on “Theoretical discussions of liberal international order, value diplomacy and national interest diplomacy, and their applications in Korea” President Hyeon Kon Kim of NAFI emphasized that “This seminar should help to organize disputatious diplomatic discussions conceptually and theoretically and raise our diplomatic discussions to the next level both in maturity and in quality” during his opening ceremony. Secretary General Kwang Jae Lee of the National Assembly highlighted the importance of diplomacy for national interest and emphasized that diplomacy leads to finding solutions for the 4th Industrial Revolution, and the Digital, Climate Change, and 100-year eras, and to pioneer the fate of Korea. Afterward, during the seminar where Professor Sang Bae Kim of Seoul National University was the moderator, Professor Jae Sung Jeon stressed that a “new framework must be established that goes beyond the competition between value diplomacy and national interest diplomacy” in the era of “the crisis of the liberal international order, and the rise of the multi-order world” during his presentation. He added on saying that the relationship between value-based diplomacy and national interest diplomacy varies based on a nation’s power. Between the powerful nations that put value-based above national interest-based diplomacy, and small nations that set national interest above value-based diplomacy, if Korea can achieve the status of an advanced country, going beyond a mid-size country, and attains the perception and experiences that national interests can be enhanced through global value diplomacy, then Korea can eventually overcome the confrontation between national interest and values diplomacy. Furthermore, he said it is important for Korea to suggest a future-oriented evolved liberal order. Afterward, during the panel discussion, Professor Won Kon Park of Ewha Womans University underscored that rule-based international order is key to the application of value diplomacy in Korea and added that further more expansive discussions should be held. Professor Seung Ju Lee of Chung-Ang University pointed out that both values and national interests are turbulent during this era of super uncertainty. He said a flexible and balanced strategy that includes a diversity of national interests is needed as more sectors with unestablished rules are expanding such as cyberspace. Professor Yong Wook Lee of Korea University mentioned even from the theoretical perspective of constructivism, the distinction between value diplomacy and practical diplomacy is logically unestablished, and since the perspective of national interest is already based on collectivism, it cannot be divided dichotomously. Professor Byung Won Woo of Yonsei University highlighted that the crisis of liberal international order typically stems from liberalism-centric countries, and for medium-sized countries like Korea, value-based diplomacy and national interest-centered practical diplomacy can coexist, and the need for value diplomacy and contribution diplomacy that satisfy the global status is on the rise. Professor Sung Cheol Jung of Myongji University also was against dividing diplomacy into value and national interests and suggested a “status seeker” country where the concept of national interest goes beyond survival and interests into status. He also pointed out that Korea’s goal to become a pivotal state requires further discussions on what type of mid-range country Korea should become. Professor Tae Seo Cha of Sungkyunkwan University mentioned the inevitability of the appearance of a multi-polar, multi-ideological world, and emphasized that with the existing Western-led liberal order, the stability of the 21st-century world cannot be sustained. He also suggested a realistic approach of opening the room for compromise for countries because intransigence expands when diplomacy puts too much emphasis on ideological factors. This seminar, hosted by the NAFI International Strategy Research Center, was broadcasted live on the NAFI YouTube channel, and the documents are uploaded on the NAFI webpage.
The National Assembly Futures Institute successfully hosted the 1st National Assembly Youth Future Forum under the ...
The National Assembly Futures Institute successfully hosted the 1st National Assembly Youth Future Forum under the theme of “Beyond the Conflicts of Korea-China-Japan Towards the Future.” - Members of the National Assembly, experts, and the younger generation came together to diagnose the causes of conflicts between Korea, China, and Japan and explore future-oriented approaches to building relationships. - On October 5th at 2:00 PM, the National Assembly Futures Institute, under the leadership of President Kim Hyeon Kon, successfully hosted the 1st National Assembly Youth Future Forum on the theme of “Beyond the Conflicts of Korea-China-Japan Towards the Future.” The forum took place in the 3rd Seminar Room of the National Assembly Members’ Office Building. President Kim Hyeong Kon stated in the opening remarks, “It is significant that the Youth Future Committee selected the topic and organized the event itself.” “I believe it is an important opportunity to discuss the topic of ‘Beyond the Conflicts of Korea-China-Japan Towards the Future’ at the national level, which is somewhat difficult for the younger generation,” he added. In his congratulatory speech, Lee Kwang-jae, Secretary-General of the National Assembly, emphasized, “Just as the European Coal and Steel Community heralded the birth of the EU in the past, I believe that a city alliance for the economic growth and prosperity of Northeast Asia is necessary through joint energy purchases among South Korea, China, and Japan.” He further highlighted “the need for cultural exchange, including the Northeast Asia integration channel, multilingual subtitles, language standardization, and railway connections.” Cho Junghun, a member of the National Assembly's Global Diplomacy and Security Forum, expressed, “Despite the significant potential in South Korea, China, and Japan in Northeast Asia, there are many difficulties.” He also expressed hope that “the forum would generate practical discussions on the conflicts and future of South Korea, China, and Japan, despite the growing negative sentiment among the younger generation towards foreigners.” At the event, Kim Sun-bin, a member of the Youth Future Committee of the National Assembly Futures Institute, delivered a presentation on the topic of “Perception of South Korea, China, and Japan Among the Youth Generation: Conflicts and Cooperation.” He pointed out that the discriminatory views and conflicts toward international students among the current youth generation are attributed to a lack of mutual understanding, negative generalizations about them, and a deficiency in opportunities for constructive dialogue and discussion. However, given that the younger generation tends to separate “friendliness” and “importance” in perception depending on the issue, he emphasized the need to utilize this as a strategic approach for the progressive future development of South Korea, China, and Japan. To achieve this, he proposed the following alternatives: (1) Establishment of a Youth Committee within the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee of the National Assembly; (2) Expansion of the Committee’s parliamentary youth exchange program to include South Korea, China, and Japan; (3) Policy improvement through bipartisan diplomatic cooperation: Institutionalization of a South Korea-China-Japan Parliamentary Union; (4) Implementation of party-level control mechanisms to avoid political strifes in education and diplomacy; and (5) The necessity to avoid media coverage that leads to the interpretation of diplomatic issues as political strifes. In the disucssion moderated by Bek Bumhym, Deputy Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat, Lee Wook Yeon, Professor of the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Sogang University, explained that the hatred between South Korea, China, and Japan is commonly rooted in insecure nationalism. He stressed the importance of providing answers to the younger generation on why South Korea should thrive and encouraging communication to discuss the challenges that young people are currently facing. Lee Yoon-sik, Director of the Diplomacy and Security Center at the Yeouido Institute, pointed out that there are many differences among South Korea, China, and Japan, including in population, religion, political systems, language, territory, and historical backgrounds. In other words, there are many practical difficulties and obstacles for them to cooperate. With the premise that it is not easy for the three countries to cooperate at the same time, he expressed that there is a need for tailored cooperation strategies. Lee Seung-won, Deputy Director of the Policy Institute of Justice Party, highlighted the importance of having various channels in Korea-China-Japan relations. he also emphasized that many young people from the three countries should be able to meet on various issues. Jung Mi-ae, Special Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute, explained that the most important thing for the development of a society is pluralism that values diversity. She emphasized that it is crucial not to generalize negative biases held by others. Although there are concerns over the growing dichotomy of in Korean society, she stressed that through forums like this, the younger generation should create ways to cooperate in various aspects. Lee Se-hun, a reporter for the Kangwon Domin Ilbo, mentioned that within the media ecosystem, there is a common voice emphasizing the need for relationship improvement through cooperation, rather than seeking dominance through conflict and competition, in the context of South Korea-China-Japan issues. He highlighted the role of the media as a place where the younger generation obtains information related to diplomacy and stressed the need for solution journalism, leveraging the specificity of reporting and the communication channel. Kim Min-seo, Vice President of the OVAL KOREA, an organization formed by Korean, Chinese, and Japanese university students, expressed the challenges faced in continuing exchanges amid diplomatic difficulties. She added that apart from political issues, there are also difficulties in communication due to the language differences. Kim called for interest and support in realizing neutral policies that allow exchanges between Korea, China, and Japan to continue without being constrained by political situations, emphasizing the lack of support from the National Assembly or the government. Shin Yoo-ri, a member of the Youth Future Committee at the National Assembly Futures Institute, stated that hate speech, bias, and hostility are increasing on online and social media platforms. To address this issue, she outlined the need for: (1) Establishing a digital exchange program in Northeast Asia; (2) Strengthening exchanges for youth in Northeast Asia; (3) Creating an independent youth assembly; (4) Multifaceted support from international organizations, regional entities, institutions, and political foundations; and (5) Securing a sustainable shared platform for resolving common challenges in Northeast Asia. The purpose of this forum is to focus on how the politicization of diplomatic issues by domestic political circles and the media has influenced actual diplomatic policies, to provide an opportunity for members of the National Assembly, experts from various fields, and representatives from the younger generation to come together to diagnose the causes of conflicts among South Korea, China, and Japan, and explore ways to build future-oriented relationships.
The National Assembly Futures Institute hosted a global roundtable on “The Role of the National Assembly Leading ...
The National Assembly Futures Institute hosted a global roundtable on “The Role of the National Assembly Leading Green Transition.” - A venue for understanding the EU's green transition policy and technological developments, and discussions of future collaboration directions between South Korea and the EU. - The National Assembly Futures Institute (President: Kim Hyeon Kon) will host a global roundtable as part of its parliamentary diplomacy research under the theme of “The Role of the National Assembly Leading Green Transition: Focused on Science and Technology Cooperation between South Korea and the EU.” The event will take place on September 5th at 2:00 PM at the National Assembly Library's National Strategy Information Center. The purpose of this event is to share insights into the policy changes and technological cooperation needs of the EU, which is leading the green transition, and to discuss the direction of collaboration with the Korean legislature. The event will be conducted in English, with simultaneous English-Korean interpretation provided. President Kim Hyeon Kon will deliver the opening remarks, and congratulatory remarks will be given by Representative Lee Sangmin of the Democratic Party of Korea and Leader Kim Gihyeon of the People Power Party, Chairs of the Korea-EU Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum. The presentation will focus on “Green Transition Future Agendas and Technological Development.” Jorg Weberndorfer, Minister Counsellor of the Delegation of the EU to South Korea, will discuss the current status and future agendas of the EU’s green transition and green technological development policies. Kim Eun-ah, Head of the Innovation Growth Group at the National Assembly Futures Institute, will present on Korea's policy status and future agendas. The panel discussion, titled “The Role of Legislatures in Facilitating Green Transition through Korea-EU Technological Cooperation,” will feature presentations from individual embassy representatives of France (Jean-Claude Masy), Denmark (Jacob Navarro Rasmussen), and the Netherlands (Peter Wijlhuizen). They will share recent policy trends and technological cooperation needs for each country. Following this, Korean panelists (Han JeongHun, Professor at Seoul National University Graduate School of International Studies, and Cha Jungmi, Director of Center for International Strategies at the National Assembly Futures Institute) will discuss the role of legislatures. President Kim Hyeon Kon emphasized, “Through this event, we expect a diverse exchange of ideas regarding understanding of the EU’s green transition policies, technological development, and the future direction of Korea-EU cooperation.”
The 7th National Debate on “Local Extinction Crisis” was Successfuly Held
The 7th National Debate on “Local Extinction Crisis” was Successfuly Held - Kim Jin Pyo, Speaker of the National Assembly, stated, “The local crisis is a national crisis, and the National Assembly and central and local governments should explore alternatives together."- - Presented five major strategies for the local era, including decentralization, education reform, innovative growth, specialized development, and social welfare. - - Members of the National Assembly, the Minister of the Interior and Safety, governors, scholars, journalists should work together to come up with alternatives.- On August 30, at 9:00 AM, the Republic of Korea’s National Assembly, under the leadership of Speaker Kim Jin Pyo, successfully held the 7th National Debate at the 1st meeting room of the Member’s Office Building under the theme of “Discussing the Local Crisis and the Role of the National Assembly” In his opening remarks, Speaker Kim Jin Pyo stated, “The local crisis should be recognized as a national crisis, and the National Assembly, central government, and local governments should work together to find alternatives.” He also emphasized the need to “make efforts for graduates of local universities to find good jobs in local areas and overhaul policies to attract foreign students and support their settlement.” In his congratulatory remarks, Kim Kyoheung, Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Public Administration and Security Committee, said, “Low birth rates are a problem for the entire Republic of Korea, but population migration to the capital region has a fatal impact on local areas.” “Local areas should become places of hope where young people can achieve personal success,” he added. Lee Sang-min, Minister of the Interior and Safety, stated, “We need to move away from centralized policies and transition to a system where local governments take a leading role, with the central government supporting them.” He added, “I will strive to realize an era where every part of South Korea is a good place to live.” Woo Dong-gi, Chairperson of the Local Era Committee, delivered a keynote speech on the theme of “Vision and Strategy for the Local Era.” He emphasized five key strategies for the local era: (1) Substantial decentralization to enhance autonomy; (2) Audacious education reform to nurture talent; (3) Innovative growth to increase employment; (4) Specialized development led by regions; and (5) Tailored living welfare to improve the quality of life. Also, he proposed five key challenges for the local era: (1) Establishing a decentralized national governance system; (2) Promoting industrial activity and investment in local areas; (3) Innovating education and revitalizing local universities; (4) Relocating public institutions in the capital region to local areas; and (5) Promoting local innovation based on intelligence. During the discussion session moderated by Kim Young-mi, President of the Korean Association for Policy Studies and Professor at Sangmyung University, Lee Cheol-woo, President of the Governors Association of the Republic of Korea and Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do, diagnosed that the local era cannot be realized within the framework of the central government. He added that to secure autonomy for local areas, the National Assembly has to minimize regulations through legislation, and to create a true local era, bureaucratic authoritarianism in the central government must be overcome. Kim Yeong-rok, Governor of Jeollanam-do, called for a bold and innovative transfer of authority from the central government to local governments, suggesting that the central government should only handle tasks that local governments cannot and transfer the rest to local governments. He proposed the relocation of large corporations and public institutions to local regions, the expansion of autonomy for local governments when establishing comprehensive plans for the local era, and the creation of a deputy prime minister-level position representing and executing the interests of local governments. Song Jaeho, Co-Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Balanced Regional Development Forum, emphasized the need to differentiate tasks that the central government, cities and provinces, and cities, counties, and districts should perform and redefine their roles. He called for the swift relocation of the National Assembly to Sejong City to address administrative inefficiency issues and recommended restructuring local administrative efficiency through the conversion of educational facilities, such as kindergartens and primary, middle, and high schools, in the regions. Park Woo-ryang, Chairperson of the Korea Local Governments Alliance for Sustainable Development and Governor of Sinan-gun, stressed the importance of minimizing regulations when enacting or amending related laws, suggesting that autonomy should be granted to cities and provinces, and cities, counties, and districts through ordinances. He also emphasized the need for an appropriate distribution of authority between cities and provinces and cities, counties, and districts. Ma Kang-rae, Professor at Chung-Ang University, suggested considering the social costs of imbalanced development. He emphasized the need for strategies such as urban strategies to address the concentration in the metropolitan area, a 'two-track' strategy for small and medium-sized cities and rural areas, and strategies to promote vitality in rural areas through the return of baby boomers to their hometowns. Huh Won-soon, a head editorial writer at the Korea Economic Daily, mentioned that the relocation of companies to local areas could be more effective in reducing individual income tax for employees than corporate tax reductions. To activate the local population, he proposed the idea of a “1.5 resident registration system” where people could live in other regions on weekends. The discussion was attended by Kim Young Joo, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Kim Kyoheung, Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Public Administration and Security Committee, and National Assembly members Kwon Insook, Kim Hyungdong, Song Jaeho, Yang Jungsuk, Lee Manhee, and Lee Inseon. From the National Assembly agencies, participants included Lee Kwang-jae, Secretary-General of the National Assembly, Kwon Young-jin, Deputy Legislative Director of the National Assembly, Park Jangho, Deputy Secretary-General of the National Assembly, Lee Myung Woo, Chief Librarian of the National Assembly Library, Cho Euysup, Chief of National Assembly Budget Office, Park Sang-Chul, Chief of the National Assembly Research Service, and Kim Hyeon Kon, President of the National Assembly Futures Institute. The National Debate, organized and hosted by the National Assembly Secretariat and National Assembly Futures Institute, was broadcast live on the National Assembly TV and its YouTube channel, and the debate materials are available on the National Assembly Futures Institute website.
The National Assembly Futures Institute held a discussion on future issues with a delegation from the Swedish ...
The National Assembly Futures Institute held a discussion on future issues with a delegation from the Swedish Parliament’s Industry and Trade Committee - Discussion on the future of the international order and the role of East Asia, including China. - On August 28th, the National Assembly Futures Institute, under the leadership of President Kim Hyeon Kon, held a discussion on future issues with the delegation from the Industry and Trade Committee of the Swedish Parliament at the National Assembly Library’s National Strategy Information Center. The discussion, initiated with greetings from President Kim Hyeon Kon and Tobias Andersson, Chairperson of the Industry and Trade Committee, proceeded with a presentation by Cha Jungmi, Director of Center for International Strategies at the National Assembly Futures Institute, followed by a question-and-answer session and discussions. Director Cha introduced the research results on “The Future of the World Order in 2050” and “The Future of Technological Competition between the United States and China.” During the discussion, members of the Industry and Trade Committee inquired about the preferred future for 2050 and South Korea’s de-risking strategy. The research team from the Futures Institute expressed interest in Sweden’s competition strategies on technological hegemony and the security policies of the European Union. Panelists agreed that East Asian variables, including China, would play a crucial role in shaping the future of the international order, including Europe. The delegation, consisting of 10 members, including Chairperson Tobias Andersson, visited South Korea to examine the country’s industrial situation. Following their first official schedule, visiting the National Assembly’s Trade, Industry, Energy, SMEs, and Startups Committee, the delegation had a discussion session with the National Assembly Futures Institute on major future issues. In addition to the delegation from the Swedish Parliament’s Industry and Trade Committee, Daniel Wolvén, the Swedish Ambassador to Korea, also attended the discussion. Following the discussion, the Swedish Parliament and the National Assembly Futures Institute agreed to continue mutual cooperation on future issues.