Founded in 1986, the SFIA has established itself as a pivotal institution fostering collaboration between South Korea and the international community. Our history reflects significant milestones: South Korea's democratic progression post-1987, the significant 1988 Summer Olympics, and the transformative fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. During the globalization wave of the 1990s, Korea prominently positioned itself at the forefront of IT innovation, economic liberalization, and democratic values. However, financial crises in 1997, 2008, and 2010 served as stark reminders of the complexities of our interconnected global economy.
In the current geopolitical environment, we observe evolving power dynamics, notably the growing tensions between the US and China, as well as North Korea's consistent nuclear ambitions.
The emergence of the digital era signifies a shift toward a technology-centric world, where trade conflicts often underscore deeper technological rivalries. Amid these challenges, Korea seeks to assert its unique and influential role on the global stage.
At SFIA, our commitment is to thoroughly understand and address these global shifts. Through rigorous research and discussions, we aim to ensure our policy recommendations align with Korea's fundamental principles and goals. As a key diplomatic entity, the SFIA partners with esteemed think-tanks from over 27 countries, promoting international cooperation and facilitating impactful discussions with global leaders and experts.
Assuming the position of President at SFIA, I express my sincere gratitude to our valued members, sponsors, past Presidents, and board members. Your unwavering support and trust provide the foundation for our endeavors, allowing us to make meaningful contributions to the realm of international relations.
The Seoul Forum for International Affairs