[KS] Centennial Symposium on the Portsmouth treaty by Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations and PHP Research Institute (sponsored by Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea office)

Bernhard Seliger bjseliger at yahoo.de
Thu Nov 10 21:15:56 EST 2005

Dear list members, 

the Russo-Japanese war 100 years ago brought a completely new geo-political order to Northeast Asia with far-reaching implications until today. Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea office is proud to be among the sponsors of the centennial conference on the event organized by Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations and the PHP Research Institute, Inc.,(Founded by Mr. Konosuke Matsushita, Japan),” Portsmouth Treaty and the Past, Present and Future of Peace Building in Northeast Asia”. The question of peace building in Northeast Asia today is more important than ever, and recent events showed that a historical approach to understand the current geo-political situation is indispensable. This conference brings together top scientist from a range of discplines and nations to discuss the historical and actual meaning of the Portsmouth treaty. Simultaneous translation to English will be provided. All readers interested are invited to attend the conference. 



Centenary International Symposium on the Russo-Japanese War


Portsmouth Treaty and the Past, Present and Future of Peace Building in Northeast Asia


November 17th-18th, 2005-11-11

Press Centre, 19th Floor



Organizers: Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations, PHP Research Institute, Inc.,(Founded by Mr. Konosuke Matsushita, Japan)


Sponsors: Korea Foundation, French Embassy in Korea, Taiwan Mission in Korea, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, NIKKEI, KTF, Maeil Bussiness Newspaper


Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.



This year we are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Portsmouth Treaty, which ended the Russo-Japanese War and the Eulsa Treaty. There is no doubt the Russo-Japanese War was an “epochal” event that determined the international order in East Asia. It has been a challenge indeed in terms of learning how best to tackle the undergoing various political, economical, military, and cultural changes in the 21st Century, and we are earnestly seeking peaceful resolution and a sense of community in Northeast Asia. Despite those efforts, we cannot help but question whether the Northeast Asia Peace is just a grand illusion or indeed a vision of the future, as we are experiencing a disquieting movement around the recent Korea-China-Japan relationship. Herein, we wanted to provide an occasion where we could hold an international discussion on why Korea had to be submissive and remain silent during the resolution of the Russo-Japanese War. It is our hope to constitute a scientific research
 foundation where Korea can lead an international order in Northeast Asia by acting as the rampart of the Northeast Asia Peace. We would be honored to have you join us in this special symposium and discussion. 



Dr. Changhoon LEE

Honorary President, Halla University

President, Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations



8Time : November 17(Thu.), 2005

8Place : 19th Floor, Press Centre


09:00 - 09:30 Registration 


09:30 - 10:20 Opening Ceremony 


Opening Remarks: ChangHoon LEE(Halla University, Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations) 


Welcoming Remarks: Katsuhiko Eguchi(PHP Research Institute, Inc., Japan) 


Key-note Speech: 

ChulGu WOO(President, The Society of Korean Political and Diplomatic History)

Toshimitsu MOTEGI(Member, The House of Representatives, Japan)




10:30 - 12:30 


Panel I: The Russo-Japanese War and Korea

Chair : MoonHyung CHOI (Hanyang University) 

Papers : ① Russia's Diplomacy during the peace negotiations and Policy toward the Korean peninsular 

- Bella PAK(Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences)


② A Russian Officer’s Report on Korea after the Russo-Japanese War : P. Rossov and his books

- Kirill ERMAKOV(Korea University)


③ The Russo-Japanese War in Cartoons

- HuaJeong SEOK (Sejong University) 


Discussants : HeeYung KWON(The Academy of Korean Studies), DeokKyu CHOI(Koguryo Research Foundation), HyunChul KIM(Korea University)



14:00 - 15:45


Panel II : The Russo-Japanese War and Its Impact on Korea

Chair : SoohnHo HONG(Ewha Woman’s University)

Papers : ① The Russo-Japanese War and Its Impact on Korean-American Relations

- KiJung KIM (Yonsei University) 


② The Russo-Japanese War and the Change of Sino-Korean relations, 1904-1910

-HyeokSoo KWON(Northeast Normal University, China) 


Discussants : WonSoo KIM(Seoul National of Education), MinWon LEE(Korea Institute for Patriots & Veterans Affairs), HuaJeong SEOK (Sejong University)



15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break 



16:00 - 18:00 


Panel III : The Political Economy of the Russo-Japanese War and Its Impact on the International Economic Order

Chair : Toshio NAGAHISA(PHP Research Institute, Inc., Japan)

Papers : ① Japan's Military Expenditure and Foreign Loan Issues during the Russo-Japanese War 

-Toshio SUZUKI(Tohoku University, Japan)


② Japan's & Russia's Borrowing from the Western Powers during the War and the Change of International Financial Markets 

- ChangHoon LEE(Halla University, Seoul ASEM Institute for International Relations) 


③ The Military Strategy and Procurement of Japanese army during the War 

- MyungChul CHO (Korea University)


Discussants : Christian POLAK (SERIC JAPON, France), Patrick BEILLEVAIRE(Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France), Akifumi NAGATA(Sophia University, Japan), Andrei LANKOV(Australian National University)


18:00 - 20:00 Dinner 

15:45 - 16:00 휴식


8Time : November 18(Fri.), 2005

8Place : 19th Floor, Press Center


10:00 - 12:00 

Panel IV : World Response to the Japan's Victory

Chair : HieSou MOUNE(Seowon University)

Papers :  ① Russo-Japanese War and Japanese factor in the development of the Vietnamese Nationalist Movement in the early 20th century

- Pham Hong TUNG(Vietnam National University, Hanoi)

② The Russo-Japanese War viewed with Western Eyes

- Bernd MARTIN(Freiburg University, Germany)

③ The Impact of Russo-Japanese War on China and the Response to Japan’s Expansionism 

– Antonio Chiang(Ex-National Security Council, Taiwan)


Discussants : SungJoo KIM(Sungkyunkwan University), Pascal DAYEZ-BURGEON(French Embassy in Korea), YangHo RHEE(Korea Research Foundation), HyeokSoo KWON(Northeast Normal University, China)



12:00 - 13:30 Luncheon 


13:45 - 15:45 

Panel V: The Peace Negotiations in Portsmouth and the

Power Politics

Chair : WooJin LEE (Chungang University)

Papers: ① The Japanese Protectorate over Korea and the united States, 1904-05 : Theodore Roosevelt’s policy toward East Asia and the so-called “Taft-Katsura Memorandum” 

- Akifumi NAGATA(Sophia University, Japan) 

② France's policy toward the East Asia  and the French-Japanese Agreement 

- Christian POLAK (SERIC JAPON, France)  

③ Preparing for the next war : French  diplomacy and the Russo-Japanese War

- Patrick BEILLEVAIRE(Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France)


Discussants : JeongSoo CHOI(Hanyang University), Toshio SUZUKI(Tohoku University, Japan), Pham Hong TUNG(Vietnam National University, Hanoi), SyngHo KIM(Yonsei University)



15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break 


16:00 - 18:00 


Panel VI : Koreans’ Postwar View on the International Order 

Chair : BokRyong SHIN(Konkuk University)

Papers : ① Japanese Nationalism and Expansionism around the Russo-Japanese War  

- SangIl HAN(Kookmin University)


② The Impact of Russian Revolution on Korea and the rise of the Socialist groups in Korean Nationalists Movements after the Russo-Japanese War 

- SangSook JEON(Ewha Woman’s University) 


③ The Enlightening Movements leaders' perceptions on the rise of Japan and the Self-Strengthening plans in Korea 

- HyunChul KIM(Korea University) 


Discussants : YoungJune PARK(National Defense University), DongMyung KIM(Kookmin University), BokHee CHUN(Hankuk Aviation University)


18:00 - 20:00 Dinner 




Dr. Bernhard Seliger

Hanns Seidel Stiftung - Seoul Office

Room 501, Soo Young Bldg., 64-1, Hannam 1 Dong, Yongsan-gu

Seoul, Republic of Korea

Tel.+ 82 2 790 5344

Fax. + 82 2 790 5346
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