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Stephen Costello 

ProducerAsiaEast Policy Roundtable

"South Korea’s Role in Northeast Asia"

Sookmyung Woman’s University – Seoul

23 June 2014

 I                ContextII               InterestsIII              Two Overriding QuestionsIV             Korea’s Biggest Card to PlayV               Implications for Policy Going ForwardVI             Likely Scenarios  I                ContextThe context for today’s strategic and political environment includes the post-Korean War, when national development took off; the post-Cold  War, when ideological polarization could be overcome; and the post-9-11, when Korea’s primary responsibility for its security and development became clear.  Other frameworks matter, such as South Korea’s post-Authoritarian dynamics and the rise of China, but it is primarily these other three that constitute the current reality for South Korean strategic thinkers.
“Open-Source Reasoning and Open Mindedness as a Strategy for Responding to the Fukushima Crisis”
White Paper of the Asia Institute
June 7, 2014
IntroductionThis paper is an expansion of some of the central ideas that were articulated by Emanuel Pastreich and Layne Hartsell in an article published in Foreign Policy in Focus in September, 2013 concerning the response to the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The article, titled “The Century-Long Challenge to Respond to Fukushima,” called for an international collaborative response to the ecological, social and economic crisis left to the world after the disaster of March, 2011.The article briefly outlined the potential role of wide scale collaboration across the globe between stakeholders and Institutions (public and private) across diverse disciplines to formulate and implement solutions to this on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster, radiation leakage from which has found its way into the food chain and even into products that sourced from Japan.

The United States Re-Balancing in East Asia

March 26, 2014

Emanuel Pastreich


The Asia Institute

 This seminar embodies the spirit behind our efforts at the Asia Institute to increase the commitment of the United States to East Asia over the long-term in a constructive and focused manner. We feel strongly that a pivot to Asia, a fundamental re-balancing of national priorities, is essential to the economic, political and security concerns of the United States, but we do not think that such a shift can take place as a result of moving around aircraft carriers or selling more missile defense technology to nations in the region. Only by building a deep human network that ties the United States to East Asia through person-to-person professional and personal relations over a lifetime can we hope to have any meaningful impact.

Business Korea

“The State, the Internet, and Cybersecurity with Peter Singer”

Asia Institute Seminar

8 JANUARY 2014

 On January 2, Dr. Emanuel Pastreich, director of the Asia Institute, sat down with Peter Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program of the Brookings Institute. Singer’s research focuses on three core issues: current US defense needs and future priorities, the future of war and the future of the US defense system. Singer lectures frequently to US military audiences and is the author of several books and articles, including his most recent book, Cyber Security and Cyber War ( Emanuel Pastreich: “When you chose to title your new book as Cyber Security and Cyber War did you intend to make a clear distinction between two discrete issues?”Peter Singer: “Cyber security and cyber war are two separate topics that are related in that within the new domain of cyberspace we see an overlap between what we traditionally refer to as the civilian sphere and the military sphere. Cyberspace is evolving as a realm that includes everything from commerce, entertainment and communications to forms of direct conflict. For example, 98% of all military communications travels through cyberspace, but, at the same time, the cyberspace they are channeling over is primarily civilian owned.“Let us step back and take a look at this problem in proper perspective. For too long the thinking about cyber security questions have been left to what I call the “IT crowd.” That is to say we have a group of technologists pondering cyberspace and its potential. But at this point in time, whether you are a politician, a general, a business leader, a lawyer, a citizen or a parent, those security questions are clear and present for the rest of us as well. We need to understand cyberspace and commit to planning for a future with it at the center.“The book is structured around approximately sixty central questions concerning the nature and the potential of cyberspace. ‘How it all works? For example, I use the Internet every day, how does it actually work?’ Or ‘What is cyber terrorism?’ ‘I keep hearing about it; is it as bad as some people say?’

The Asia Institute formally launched the Fukushima initiative with the publication of the article "The Century-Long Challenge to Respond to Fukushima" in Foreign Policy in Focus on September 3, 2013. The article was picked up almost immediately by and other blogs and received a...

Ciência Peer-to-Peer: O secular desafio de responder a Fukushima Resolver a crise nuclear de Fukushima exigirá repensar toda a nossa abordagem para a ciência, mídia social e diplomacia pública.Layne Hartsell e Emanuel Pastreich, 3 de setembro de 2013.  Mais de dois anos depois do furacão e do...

Peer-to-Peer Wissenschaft: Die Jahrhundertlange

Herausforderung mit Fukushima umzugehen

 Lösungen für die nukleare Fukushima-Krise zu finden erfordert ein Umdenken unserer gesamten Ansätze in den Bereichen Wissenschaft, Social Media und öffentlicher Diplomatie.Von Layne Hartsell und Emanuel Pastreich, 3. September 2013 (Übersetzung von Joachim Lohkamp)Mehr als zwei Jahre, nachdem ein Erdbeben und Tsunami auf verheerende Weise auf ein japanisches Kraftwerk getroffen ist, ist die Atomkatastrophe von Fukushima eine der schwersten Bedrohungen für die öffentliche Gesundheit in der asiatisch-pazifischen Region, und der schlimmste Fall radioaktiver Verseuchung die die Welt je gesehen hat. Weiterhin tritt Strahlung aus dem schwer beschädigten Fukushima Daiichi Kraftwerk ins Grundwasser ein, und droht den gesamten Pazifischen Ozean zu verunreinigen. Die Aufräumarbeiten werden eine beispiellose globale Anstrengung erfordern.Ursprünglich entwichenen die radioaktiven Materialien Cäsium-137 und 134, und zu einem geringeren Grad Iod-131. Die wahre langfristige Bedrohung kommt von Cäsium-137, das sich leicht vom Körpergewebe absorbiert wird - und mit seiner Halbwertszeit von 30 Jahren wird uns diese Bedrohung die kommenden Jahrzehnte begleiten. Aktuelle Messungen zeigen, dass austretendes Wasser auch zunehmend Strontium-90 enthält, ein noch weitaus gefährlicherer radioaktiver Stoff als Cäsium. Strontium-90 imitiert Calcium und wird leicht in die Knochen von Menschen und Tieren aufgenommen.Die Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) hat vor kurzem bekannt gegeben, dass ihr das Know-how fehlt, um den Ausfluss von Strahlung ins Grundwasser und Meereswasser effektiv zu kontrollieren, und sucht nun Hilfe von der japanischen Regierung. TEPCO hat die Errichtung einer unterirdischen Barriere rund um das Kraftwerk durch Einfrieren des Bodens vorgeschlagen, um radioaktives Wasser daran zu hindern in den Ozean zu gelangen - ein Versuch der noch nie zuvor in einem Fall vom Austreten massiver radioaktiver Strahlung versucht wurde. TEPCO hat auch die Errichtung zusätzlicher Wände vorgeschlagen, da die bestehende Wand den etwa 400 Tonnen Wasser pro Tag die in das Kraftwerk eintreten nicht standhalten kann.

“P2P 과학: 후쿠시마 원자력 발전 사고에 대한 세기에 걸쳐 대응해야할 과제”

후쿠시마 원자력발전소 사고 위기를 해결하는 것은 과학, 소셜 미디어 그리고 공공 외교에 대한 우리의 전체적인 접근방법을 재고할 것을 요구하고 있다.

공동기고: 레인 하트셀(Layne Hartsell), 엠마누엘 파스트리치(Emanuel Pastreich)

  후쿠시마에서의 방사능 재해로 둘러싸인 일본에서의 증가하고 있는 위기에 대해, 한국에서 반응은 - 비록 이해될 수는 있더라도, - 건설적이지 못하며, 또한 한국에 진정으로 도움이 되지 않는 방향으로 일어나고 있습니다. 한편으로는, 일단 강대국인 일본이 굴욕을 당하고, 이 재해로 인해 너무나 몰락하고 있는 것을 일종의 기쁨으로 표현하는 한국인들도 있습니다. 몇몇 한국인들이 갑작스럽게 첨단기술의 실세가 되는 것이 그리 훌륭한 일이며 좋은 일로 받아들일 일은 아닌 것 같습니다. 그러한 생각들은 한국 역사의 관점에서는 이해할 수는 있겠지만, 세계에서의 한국의 미래의 역할에 대해서는 그다지 기여할 바는 아니라고 봅니다. 일본인들의 고통은 매우 사실적이며 그러한 점이 동정심을 자아냅니다. 바로 이 순간이 한국이 일본에게 분개할 때가 아닌, 관심의 손을 내밀어서 진정한 지도력을 보여줄 수 있는 기회입니다. 다른 한편으로는, 6년 전 광우병에 관한 열풍을 회상하게 하는 방식으로 일본산 해산물의 방사능 중독의 가능성에 사로잡혀있는 한국인들이 있습니다. 이러한 한국인들에게는, 일본으로부터의 인지되고 있는 위협으로부터 또한 외부의 세계로부터 그들 자신을 보호하는 것이 관심사입니다. 애석하게도 그러한 반응은 설사 그러한 일이 있다 하더라도 일본이 이 문제를 어떻게 해결할 것인가 하는 것에 관한 관심은 거의 포함하고 있지 않습니다.