CHEY-CSIS Joint Conference
Geopolitical Risks and Scientific Innovation

2020.01.30 09:00 - 01.31 14:00

The Chey Institute for Advanced Studies, in partnership with the leading US think tank, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) hosted the CHEY-CSIS Joint Conference on Geopolitical Risk and Scientific Innovation. This conference was aimed at assessing the impact of new emerging technologies defining the current era on international order and politics. Specific technologies discussed included artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced materials, unmanned systems, cyber security, blockchain and space technologies. Not only was this conference a novel attempt to link geopolitical risk and scientific innovation that are often considered distinct realms, the conference brought together experts from diverse backgrounds including the academia, military, think tanks, research institutes.

President Park of the Chey Institute, through his welcoming remarks explained the motive to this conference, arguing that the Chey Institute will strive to create an interdisciplinary discourse between two fields that are playing an increasingly greater role in modern society. The head of the CSIS delegation, Senior Vice President Kathleen Hicks discussed the far-reaching impact of scientific innovation on the global order, while also highlighting plans to expand collaboration with the Chey Institute.

This two-day conference also had the privilege of having top Korean military commanders. General Suh Wook, Chief of Staff of the ROK Army gave the opening speech of the first day, while General Won In-choul, Chief of Staff of the ROK Air Force gave the opening speech of the following day. General Suh Wook emphasized that advancements in science have always been ‘gamer changers’ in history. General Won In-choul introduced the concept of 'Air Force Quantum 5.0' outlining ROKAF's efforts to expands its roles in the sky as well as in space.

The first day of the conference hosted three sessions, which were, “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning”, “Advanced Materials and Supply Chain Implication” and “Unmanned Systems and Robots”. On Day 2, two sessions took place titled, “Cyber Security and Blockchain” and “Space Technologies”.

This first Joint CHEY-CSIS Conference was the first step in collaborating with CSIS on the link between geopolitical risk and scientific innovation. A second conference is scheduled later this year, while a report will be published based on the findings and ideas from the meetings.

Jung Ho Ahn, KIM Yoon, Lindsey SHEPPARD, PARK Byung Jin, Kathleen H. HICKS, Andrew HUNTER , Brett LAMBERT, JUNG Hee-Tae, Kathleen H. HICKS, LEE Geunwook, Morgan DWYER, LIM KiHoon, Andrew HUNTER , R. David EDELMAN , KIM Hyoung Joong, LIM Jong-in, HONG Kyu-Dok, Michael HAMEL, JU Gwang-Hyeok, KIM Kwang-Jin, REU Taekyu

Session and Lectures

  • Session 1: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

    • Jung Ho Ahn, Seoul National University
    • KIM Yoon, SK Telecom
    • Lindsey SHEPPARD, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • PARK Byung Jin, Agency for Defense Development
  • Session 2: Advanced Materials and Supply Chain Implications

    • Kathleen H. HICKS, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • Andrew HUNTER , CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • Brett LAMBERT, The Densmore Group, LLC
    • JUNG Hee-Tae, KAIST
  • Session 3: Unmanned Systems and Robotics

    • Kathleen H. HICKS, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • LEE Geunwook, Sogang University
    • Morgan DWYER, CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • LIM KiHoon, Republic of Korea Army
  • Session 4: Cyber Security and Blockchain

    • Andrew HUNTER , CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • R. David EDELMAN , MIT
    • KIM Hyoung Joong, Korea University
    • LIM Jong-in, Korea University
  • Session 5: Space Technologies

    • HONG Kyu-Dok, Sookmyung Women's University
    • Michael HAMEL, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
    • JU Gwang-Hyeok, Korea Aerospace Research Institute
    • KIM Kwang-Jin, Republic of Korea Air Force
    • REU Taekyu, Agency for Defense Development