24.11.2017: Conference on Current and Future Challenges on the Korean Peninsula

Co-hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea (through its Embassy in the Czech Republic) and Center for Asian Studies (University of Economics, Prague)

Date: 24 November 2017 (Friday)
Time: 09:00 – 14:30
Venue: Academic Club, University of Economics, Prague (nám. W. Churchilla 4, Prague 3, Italian Building, 3rd Floor)
Working Language: English


08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Opening Remarks
09:10 – 10:30 Session 1: Security issues on the Korean Peninsula: challenges from North Korea’s nuclear development

Moderator: Sang-yoon Ma, Director General of Policy Planning, MOFA (Tentative)


  • Yun-ju Ko, Deputy Director General, North Korea Nuclear Affairs Bureau, MOFA (Tentative)
  • Jonathan D. Pollack, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Michael Staack, Co-Director, Institute of International Politics, Helmut Schmidt University & Member of the High-level Advisory Group on Foreign Policy Implications of Korean Reunification
  • Michal Smetana, Research Associate/Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

10:30-10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 – 12:10 Session 2: Lessons learned from the transition experience of the Czech Republic and Germany

ModeratorŠtěpán Müller, Department of International Business, Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics


  • Radek Spicar, Vice-Chair, Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
  • Dong Ho Jo, Ewha Womans University & President of the Institute for National Security Strategy
  • Werner Smolny, Professor of Economy Policy, Ulm University

12:10 – 12:40 Questions and Answers

12:40 – 12:45 Concluding Remarks

12:45 – 14:30 Luncheon