The Korean War & Reunification Symposium
Co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs
Monday, November 17th
Residence Commons at Carleton University
Session 1: The meaning of the Korean War to Canada, then and now
More than sixty years ago, with the world still weary from the Second World War, 26,000 Canadians answered the call of duty to defend the freedom of Korea. Over the last sixty years, bilateral ties have continued to strengthen, culminating in the recent Free Trade Agreement – the first FTA Canada signed in the Asia Pacific region. As the Canada-Korea relations become stronger, so does the significance of Canada’s contribution to the Korean War, often referred to as the “Forgotten War.” Therefore, the meaning of the Korean War to Canada, then and now, must be looked at afresh and in greater detail.
Session 2: The future of the Korean peninsula in the context of reunification
The myriad potential consequences of Korea’s reunification not only for South and North Korea but also for regional and global security, is a topic of momentous future importance. Given Canada’s contribution to the Korean War, the recent Canada-ROK FTA, and the overall solid foundation of the ties between our two democracies, a Canadian perspective on Korea’s reunification bears natural relevance.
- Write a research paper (submit 4-5 page proposal and the selected applicants will be asked to submit 20 pages long research paper) on the topic of your choice.
Successful participants will present their papers at the symposium and be rewarded (ex. Samsung Galaxy Tab). Two successful presenters will be given the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Youth Peace Camp in Korea.
The extended deadline for submissions of 3-4 page proposals is Oct 10th, 2014; successful presenters will be contacted in due course to submit research papers of 20 pages in length by Nov 3rd 2014.
Please email submissions and direct queries to email@example.com or at 613 244 5025
Keynote speakers, Moderators and Commentators
His Excellency Cho Hee Yong, Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Canada,
Mr. Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock
Ambassador Marius Grinius, former Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Professor Dane Rowlands, Director of Norman Patterson School of International Affairs
General (Retired) Ramsey Withers, Former Chief of Defence Staff and a Korean War Veteran
Associate Professor Jacob Kovalio, Department of History at Carleton University
If you would like to attend the symposium, please confirm your attendance.
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and direct any inquiries to 613 244 5025