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ASU to Host Korean Economic Institute Program

March 17, 2011

Angelo State University’s Center for Security Studies will host an informational program in conjunction with the Korean Economic Institute (KEI) on Wednesday, March 23, in Room 105 of the ASU Rassman Building, 2222 Dena Drive.

The program, titled “Fallout Northeast Asia: Nuclear Neighbors, Human Rights and Delicate Diplomacy,” will run from 5:30-7 p.m. March 23 and is open free to the public. Featured speakers will be Greg Scarlatoiu, KEI director of public affairs and business issues, and author Gordon Chang. The pair will also participate in a panel discussion along with Dr. Woo-Jin Kang, ASU assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Wan-Jae Lee, ASU associate professor of criminal justice. Moderator for the panel will be Dr. Bruce Bechtol Jr., ASU associate professor of political science.

Scarlatoiu is responsible for managing KEI outreach programs to educate Americans on developments in Korea and U.S.-Korea relations both inside and outside of Washington, D.C. He is also responsible for presenting and reporting on developments in U.S./Korea business and economic relations. Prior to joining KEI in 2008, he was a management associate for the International Science and Technology Institute, and he has been a Korean language broadcaster since 1995 for various stations, including the Korea Broadcasting System in South Korea and Radio Free Asia in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from Tufts University.

Chang is the author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World” and “The Coming Collapse of China.” Also a columnist for, Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades. His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and International Herald Tribune. He has spoken at numerous universities and professional conferences, and has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, Central Intelligence Agency, U.S. State Department and the Pentagon.

Based in Washington, D.C., the KEI was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit educational organization to promote economic dialogue and understanding between the United States and Korea. Its mission is to educate Americans on developments in Korea and U.S.-Korea relations; to serve as a resource center for up-to-date information on Korean economic trends; and to keep Korean policy and research officials informed of key developments and attitudes regarding public policy issues of interest and importance to Korea.

For more information, contact the ASU Center for Security studies at 486-6682.