Asian Leadership Meet to Focus on Korean Reunification

The prospects of Korean reunification and its consequences for Asia will be the focus of this year's Asian Leadership Conference. The conference, now in its fifth year, takes place on March 3-4, and is hosted by the Chosun Ilbo and TV Chosun.

The future of Asia will be hugely affected by whether North and South Korea can end their Cold War confrontation and enter an era of unity. The conference will seek out new directions for Asia after reunification and look at potential pitfalls.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush, who led six-party talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff during his two terms, is among the participants. Also attending the conference is Lothar de Maizière, who was the last East German prime minister just before reunification, to offer his insights on the last 25 years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Clockwise from top left, former U.S. President George W. Bush, former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, the UN under-secretary-general for communication and public information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, founder of Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer, 2004 Nobel laureate Edward Prescott, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and the last East German prime minister Lothar de Maizière Clockwise from top left, former U.S. President George W. Bush, former ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, the UN under-secretary-general for communication and public information, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, founder of Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer, 2004 Nobel laureate Edward Prescott, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and the last East German prime minister Lothar de Maizière

Edward Prescott, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in economics, Ian Bremmer, founder of the leading political risk consultancy Eurasia Group and global investor Marc Faber will offer their projections of the future of Asia and the global economy.

Jim Rogers, head of Rogers Holdings, who has pledged to invest all of his money in North Korea once reunification is achieved, will also share his ideas.

All registered participants will be able to follow the conference with a complimentary tablet PC. More details are available at www.ALCchosun.com.

◆ Date: March 3-4, 2014

◆ Location: Hotel Shilla, Seoul

◆ Registration Period: Jan. 13 - Feb. 22

◆ Registration Fee: W1.9 million (US$1=W1,061)

◆ Queries: www.ALCchosun.com
     Tel: (02)724-6125, e-mail: alc2014_reg@chosun.com

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 15, 2014 12:12 KST