2013 EPIK Young Leaders Conference



Thursday August 08, 2013

1:30 PM ~

Kukdo Hotel, Tulip Hall

Announcements 2013 EPIK Young Leaders Award Recipients
Announcements 2013 EPIK Young Leaders Conference: Essay Competition
Multimedia 2013 EPIK Young Leaders Conference: Opening Session
Multimedia 2013 EPIK Young Leaders Conference: Session 1
Multimedia 2013 EPIK Young Leaders Conference: Session 2
Memo EPIK Journals Online Vol. 4 : Session 1
Memo EPIK Journals Online Vol. 4 : Session 2

EPIK Young Leaders Conference 2013 was held at Kukdo Hotel on August 8. This annual academic conference has been organized by EPIK Spiders consisting of EAI interns since 2010. The theme of this year is “when is conflict better than cooperation” and 5 papers were presented followed by panel discussions. The panelist for discussions included former EPIK Spiders, EPIK award recipients, and EAI interns.

Theme

"When is Conflict Better than Cooperation?"

Conflict, in all-encompassing spectrum, is inevitable. Following the growth of multiple actors and entities with heterogeneous interests, our world today is witnessing more and more conflicts on the individual, national as well as the international level. Tensions among countries have always formed and shifted power orders in both regional and international level, which more than often led to physical or non-physical wars. Tensions are also increasingly notable within countries as we witness civil wars, ethnic strife, group conflicts, and protests. Moreover, technological developments and practices have stirred up controversies and tensions, often conflicting with human rights values.

Traditionally, conflict - both violent and non-violent - has been accounted for hindering peaceful communication, optimal resolution, and synergetic outcomes. As a consequence, cooperative behavior was almost always preferred over contradictory behavior.

Conflict, however, could be a source of creation and constructive transformation. On one hand, conflict may generate new outcomes by challenging traditional norms, ideas and beliefs. On the other hand, conflict may be a valuable pathway towards positive change. For instance, the Civil Rights Movement in America during the 50s and 60s challenged the idea of inequality, and the efforts led to improvements in the legal rights of the oppressed minorities. Also, cartel activities are frequently blamed to disrupt competition and drive the society off the utility maximization. The list goes on.

In this regard, the 2013 EPIK Young Leaders Conference would like to hear your thoughts and opinions on the question, When is conflict better than cooperation? You are encouraged to engage with the question in any academic field of your choice. The following tracks are for your guidance, but they should not restrict your other methodologies.

1) Theoretical track: What are the intrinsic values of conflict and how does it compare to the values of cooperation? Can conflict be better than cooperation? If so, when is it better than cooperation?

2) Empirical track: Does the empirical evidence tell us that conflict is better than cooperation? If so, what are the conditions under which conflict is better than cooperation? You can either provide illustrative case studies and historical examples or quantitative analyses of data.

Program

Opening Session

  

13:30-13:40  Opening Address 

 

Heehyun Lim, Duke University (Class of 2013); President of 2013 EPIK Spiders Committee
Sung Hye Kang, Oxford University; 2012 EPIK Young Leaders Conference 1st prize winner

 

13:40-13:45  Welcoming Address

 

Sook-Jong Lee, President of EAI

  

Session 1

 

13:45-15:25  Presentation and Discussion

 

Moderator

Prof. Jeong-Woo Koo, Sungkyunkwan University

  

Presentation
“Conflicts Between Classes in Modern Korea: Foundation for Social Development”
Eun-Young Park, University of Cambridge
                                  
“Constrained Cooperation in South Korea's Nuclear Power Policy and Its Side Effect”
Sung Yoon Park, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

 

Discussion
Hyesoo Jee, Yonsei University
Hyunmin Kang, Korea University
Sung Hye Kang, Oxford University
Hye Yeon Park, Johns Hopkins University

 

15:25-15:40  Coffee Break

 

Session 2

 

15:40-17:40  Presentation and Discussion

 

Moderator

Prof. Jai Kwan Jung, Korea University

 

Presentation
“The Arab Spring: Is Conflict really better than Cooperation?”
Hoo Ri Kim, University of California, Berkeley                           
                                  
“Conflict Management System and Democracy in Multinational Societies: Case Studies in India and Nigeria”
Ji min (Janice) Han, Claremont McKenna College
                                  
“To Fight or Not to Fight: The Revolution Conundrum”*
Niyati Samir Gandhi, National Law School of India University
*substitute presenter: Jung Min Yeo, Georgetown University 

 

Discussion
Sung Pyo Hong, Seoul National University
Min Ju Kim, Lewis and Clark College
Seo Ho Lee, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Heehyun Lim, Duke University

 

17:40  Certificate Presentation Ceremony

 

Award Recipients

1st prize
Hoo Ri Kim, University of California, Berkeley
“The Arab Spring: Is Conflict really better than Cooperation?”

 

2nd prize
Ji min (Janice) Han, Claremont McKenna College
“Conflict Management System and Democracy in Multinational Societies: Case Studies in India and Nigeria”