Mission Statement

1. New EU Global Strategy and East Asia


The conferences and workshops will be aimed at encouraging academic discussions of various topics related with the EU-Korea cooperation in the fields of foreign security and defense policy, which will be organized by HUFS and devoted to the themes on EU-Korea security cooperation in a wide range of international security issues, such as proliferation of WMD, terrorism, counter-piracy, inter-Korean relations, international conflict resolution, and peace-building.


Tentative Themes


l  EU Global Strategy and Inter-regionalism

l  EU and East Asia from Comparative Regionalism Perspective

l  Crisis Management under the Framework Participation Agreement



2. Critical Engagement Policy of the EU

DPRK has become a concern for major powers. Given that neighbouring countries prefer status-quo rather than basic changes on the Peninsular, a comprehensive solution is hardly met in due time. The EU has been supporting the the ROK’s policy in regards to the DPRK, and it can be defined as critical engagement. This policy on the one hand firmly condemns the nuclear provocation and criticises the human right violation, but on the other hand provides humanitarian assistance and programmes for development aid through capacity building. And the EU has persistently sought multilateral solutions. Despite different international setting, the recent case of Iran might furnish the implication  possibly applied to the Korea peninsula and the EU could be an honest broker or listener in containing security escalations in the region.


Tentative Themes


l  Nuclear Issues in the Korean Peninsula

l  Humanitarian Assistance and Capacity Building

l  Multilateral Solutions and the EU's contribution



3. Emerging Areas of Policy Cooperation between EU and Korea

As is well known, the EU has been considered as a soft and normative power and its history and process of integration deserves to be recognised as a reference to other regionalism in the world. Some areas are much more advanced compared to Korea in aspects such as gender equality and environmental issues, while other show similar tendencies, i.e. searching for global talents due to a brain drain. Moreover, migration and asylum are growing concern to both parties. Therefore, now is the time to examine these from comparative viewpoints. Cooperation under Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 are particularly significant and promising given that both assume competitive edges in some areas while not in others. Gender issue is pivotal not only from an equality and parity dimension, but also to socio-economic development. Higher employment of the female population, together with rising fertility rates, produces a higher rate of economic growth.


Tentative Themes


l  Education and R&D: Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020

l  Gender Equality and Social Development

l  Global Governance of Migration and Asylum