Korea 2019: Looking Back and Looking Forward


(Left: Andrew Salmon, journalist & author; Center: Michael Breen, CEO, Insight Communications; Right: Mason Richey, Associate Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) 

Asia Society Korea hosted its final monthly luncheon of this year, on November 19, 2019. Mason Richey, associate professor of International Politics at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), and Andrew Salmon, journalist, broadcaster, and award-winning author, discussed a broad spectrum of key political events in Korea, and shared their opinions on future developments. Mason Richey has been teaching and researching EU Politics and Foreign Policy, US Politics and Foreign Policy, Political Philosophy, and Immigration Studies at HUFS since 2009. Dr. Richey has also held positions as a POSCO Visiting Research Fellow at the East-West Center (Honolulu, HI) and a DAAD Scholar at the University of Potsdam. His recent writings have appeared in Global Governance, Foreign Policy Analysis, Asian Security, the Asia Europe Journal, Le Monde, Forbes, and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Andrew Salmon has been covering the Koreas since 2002. In 2010, his books on the Korean War won him a “Korean Wave” award from South Korea’s National Assembly, and in 2016, he was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. His writings have been published in numerous media outlets including the BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, and news outlets including Forbes, Asia Times, The Daily Telegraph, The International Herald Tribune, The South China Morning Post, The Times, and The Washington Times. Asia Society Korea member Mike Breen moderated this month’s off-the-record luncheon discussion.