About the Program
The centerpiece of each Council's Future of Korea 2020 program is a three-person panel discussion consisting of representatives from the U.S. Department of State, the Korean Embassy (from DC or a regional Korean Consulate representative), KEI, or other relevant institutions. The panel experts typically offer a general overview presentation (approximately 45-60 minutes in length), followed by a Q&A session. The speakers address political, security, economic, financial, and/or cultural issues pertaining to the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations.
In addition to the mandatory panel discussion, local Councils are also expected to deliver ancillary activities. Local Councils can choose from the following options. All four are strongly encouraged, depending on the needs and capacity of the local Council. This year, KEI is particularly interested in media meetings. Ancillary events include:
- Media meeting, such as an interview with local media outlets or editorial board
- Business meeting, such as with the local chamber of commerce
- Student meeting, such as a university/high school forum
- Community leader meeting, such as a meeting with local political/business leaders
The Future of Korea program will be conducted through December 2020. Councils should include several preferred dates or date ranges in their proposals. Exact dates will be determined in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute.
Costs and Stipends
KEI will directly cover the costs of airfare and hotel as well as some meals for panelists and other KEI participants (other than the meals at the programs).
Once again, through the generous support of KEI, WACA will provide
to each Council selected to participate in the program to help defray event expenses.
Councils are required to coordinate and cover the costs of the ground transportation for speakers as well as costs directly related to the events, including facilities, audio-visual equipment, food & beverage, publicity, printing, etc.