Young Researchers Symposium Finalists 2015

Brian Chao, University of Pennsylvania, Wikistrat Inc.

for his submission: This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land- Territorial Disputes and The Meanings of China

Abstract: Where is the political state of China and who is its governmental representative? For sixty-six years, these two questions have proven contentious to answer…The sovereignty dispute between the PRC and ROC Governments is an issues covered richly in various academic literature and foreign-policy writings. Likewise, study of territorial disputes involving Beijing or Taipei has grown exponentially in recent years, as tensions in the East China Sea and the South China Sea have flared. Despite this voluminous research, there has been relatively little examination of the PRC-ROC sovereignty dispute reciprocally affects the PRC Government’s and ROC Government’s territorial claims.

Jonathan Corrado, Georgetown University, Daily NK

for his submission: North Korea – Pathways to Market Liberalization

Abstract: Every diplomatic strategy thus far employed to engage with North Korea has ultimately failed to normalize relations; both Lee Myung Bak’s hardline approach and Kim Dae Jung’s Sunshine Policy have been kicked to the curb by an anxious Pyongyang. On the other hand, the free market has had much more success.

Caitlin Flessate, formerly Korea Economic Institute

for her submission: Emerging into Sunlight-Changing Gender Concepts for Korean Women

Abstract: The emergence of women into the public sphere in Korea resulted from the whirlwind of change that followed the opening of Korean ports in 1876, the arrival of Western missionaries in 1884, and the annexation of Korea by Japan in 1910, which acted as a trigger for Korean nationalism.

Young Researchers Symposium Finalists 2014

Douglas W. Toney, The Institute of World Politics

for his submission: Bo Xilai and the Insider’s Game of Chinese Power Politics

Abstract: In November of 2011 a peculiar event was underway in Chongqing, China. The incident: a series of ostensibly routine military exercises involving several battalions of the locally based 13th Group Army. The nature of these exercises themselves did not appear to encapsulate anything out of the ordinary and garnered little outside attention. What made the occurrence so unusual was that the impromptu exercises were arranged by Chongqing’s civilian mayor, Bo Xilai.From this event, insight regarding Bo’s motives and resolve may be gleaned. Such implications may even be used to help inform assessments of China’s future political stability. While the event passed in relative obscurity, it surely caught the attention of a select few who must have seen it for what it was; the swell before a great wave. As for the rest of us, the significance of this moment is only realized in retrospect now that the outcome is clear and the context has been explored. 

Anne Gillman, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

for her submission: Relationship Between Myanmar and the Gulf States

Abstract: The Gulf States have been increasingly looking to their East in search of new markets for their products, sources of labor, and friendly diplomatic support. The expansion of their relationship with Southeast Asian countries, and recently Myanmar, is evident through growing trade, foreign aid, investment, and tourism. A rediscovery of the shared history and religious culture has further characterized the relationship between the regions.

Clare Hubbard, Georgetown University, former Korea Economist Institute

for her submission:Determining the Success of Defectors-Does One Gender Profit More in Defecting from North Korea

Abstract: This paper will look at the reasons and goals of each gender of North Korean defectors and determine if there are major differences in their assimilation. More specifically, does one gender have a better chance of succeeding in South Korea after defecting from North Korea based on their goals of defection and their quality of life in South Korea? The focus will be on defectors who left North Korea after 1991 and successfully made it to South Korea.

Honorable Mention:

Andrew Steele

for his submission: The NAFTA of Asia- How A Trilateral FTA Between China, South Korea, and Japan Affirms the Power of Trade