Seminar: Building International Collaboration Systems for Effective Emergency Management in Northeast Asia


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Brown Bag Seminar by Namkyung Oh

When: Aug 15 2012 - 12:00pm until Aug 15 2012 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room 3012, East-West Center


The task of building collaborative systems has been a hard challenge to countries in Northeast Asia due to various political, military, economic, and historical reasons. Especially, the deep-rooted rivalries that were formed from conflicts and competitions during the past century prevented them from building collaborative international systems. Without international systems, the responsibility of mitigation and responses to major disasters was restricted to individual country’s emergency management system, and the scattered responses caused significant losses of life and property in those countries. Considering limits in physical and cognitive competencies of individual countries, the establishment of international systems that facilitate collaboration is critical and inevitable for the effective responses to major disasters. The recent 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulted meltdown of nuclear powerplants in Fukushima raised serious questions to policy makers and practitioners in the field of emergency management whether any single government can manage such large scale disasters without supports from international partners in northeast Asian countries. Furthermore, those countries are expected to face disasters such as the pandemic influenza, the possible eruption of Mt. Paekdu, and another mega-earthquakes and tsunami. Especially, the international collaboration system that manages the sudden collapse of North Korea regime and resulted influx of refugees to bordering countries is significantly required. Thus, the questions of whether there is any possibility to build international emergency management systems in this region and what factors need to be considered should be addressed appropriately. This study analyzed 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami with the application of content analysis and social network analysis and explored possible policy implications for future disasters in northeast Asia.

Namkyung Oh is Assistant Professor of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the University of Akron. Prior to his current position, he was a policy analyst for the President of Korea at in the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning (PCPP) and IT consultant in the LG CNS Entrue Consulting Partners. He also worked for People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD) and participated in the activities for the prevention of corruption and abuse of power by public officials and Chebol (Korea financial clique). His interdisciplinary research interests include building inter-organizational collaboration systems for emergency management, enhancing decision makings in the public and nonprofit sector, and designing resilient and adaptive communities with applications of social network analysis and computational simulation methods.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Cynthia Wasa Nakachi
Phone: (808) 944-7439
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