University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Track 1 – 11:15 AM, Friday, May 24

Confirmed speakers as of May 1, 2013.


David Kang New

David C. Kang is a professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations (in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences) and the USC Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia University Press, 2010).

He is also author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003).

Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, and his co-authored article “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” was awarded “Best article, 2007-2009,” by the European Journal of International Relations. Kang has also written opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley.


Jim Haw NewJim Haw holds the Ray Irani Chair in Chemistry since coming to USC in 1998 and has been director of the environmental studies program since 2007. Under his leadership, environmental studies has grown in number of students, and also its percentage of merit scholars.

Jim Haw helped launch one of the first “Problems Without Passports” experiential learning courses in 2008, an investigation of environmental contributions to societal stability in Belize. In 2010 he helped launch a course that studies marine and coastal management in Guam and Palau. This course looks at, among other things, the effect of the proposed U.S. Military buildup on coastal issues in Guam. Jim’s wife Judy runs several academic programs in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. They live in Redondo Beach.


Sung Han Kim. Copyright World Economic Forum ( Photo by Sikarin ThanachaiarySung-han Kim is a professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University since 2007. He has recently served as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from February 2012 to March 2013. Before then, he was a professor and associate dean at GSIS and director of the Ilmin International Relations Institute at Korea University. Before joining GSIS in September 2007, Dr. Kim was a professor from 1994 to 2007 at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Prior to that, he worked as a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences and as an expert advisor to the Prime Minister’s Committee for Globalization (1992-1994). Dr. Kim served as a Vice President of the Korean Association of International Studies; President of Korean Association of American Politics (KAAP); Secretary General of the Korean National Committee of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP-Korea); and Chairman of the Vision Council for the ROK-U.S. Security Policy Initiative.

After the North Korean military attack to the Cheonan naval corvette in March 2010, he served as a member of the Presidential Commission for National Security Review (May-August 2010) and the Presidential Commission for Defense Reform (July-December 2010). From May 2008 to January 2012, he participated in the Presidential Advisory Council for Foreign Affairs and National Security, which consisted of ten security experts. Dr. Kim specializes in U.S. foreign policy and international security and he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His recent contributed articles to scholarly journals include “From Blood Alliance to Strategic Alliance”, “The End of Humanitarian Intervention?”, “North Korea: Between Survival and Glory”, and “Exploring a Northeast Asian Peace and Security Mechanism.”

Daniel Lynch New

Daniel C. Lynch is an associate professor of international relations at USC and is a member of the USC U.S.-China Institute’s executive board. Lynch received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, concentrating on Chinese and East Asian domestic politics and international relations.

He is the author of two books: Rising China and Asian Democratization: Socialization to “Global Culture” in the Political Transformations of Thailand, China, and Taiwan (Stanford University Press, 2006) and After the Propaganda State: Media, Politics, and “Thought Work” in Reformed China (Stanford University Press, 1999).

Lynch has published scholarly articles on topics ranging from Chinese thinking on the future of international relations to prospects for the People’s Republic of China’s democratization, as well as op-ed pieces on subjects such as China’s post-2008 economic difficulties, troubles in the consolidation of Thai democracy, the implications of the January 2012 Taiwan elections, and more. In May 2013, Lynch will submit to his publisher a new book manuscript—the product of several years’ research—on how Chinese political and intellectual elites “conceptualize the Chinese trajectory;” that is, how they envision the future of China’s economy, domestic political system, media and the Internet, and foreign policy.