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Publications in Ooctober

In October, Dr. Hyun-Ah Choi and Dr. Bernhard Seliger of the HSF yet again published various articles on different topics that were feature in Korean newspapers and magazines like The Korea Times, 38 North and Yonhap News.

The research paper “The direction of cooperation with North Korea to implement Green Détente” was published by Dr Hyun-Ah Choi, Senior researcher at HSF Korea, in the journal of Korea Exim North Korea economic review on September 30th. The study suggested the direction of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation in non-political, military climate, and environmental fields. It is judged that the direction of technical cooperation in the climate field for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation presented in this study can be used as basic data for the implementation of the Green Detent. The full research paper can be downloaded through this link:


The Korea Times published Dr. Seliger’s article “Nuclear power: devil’s energy or inexhaustible clean energy?” on October 27th . In his article he discussed Germany’s dilemma to stay on sustainable energy midst the energy crises and compared South Korea’s technological and Germany’s ideological approach to nuclear energy. He argued that sustainability is important but “if it is done in disregard of facts, in a purely ideological fashion, it will not earn the respect of others” and that “in this respect, Korea's technological optimism is something Germany can learn from”. The full highly enlightening article can be found via this link:


On October 28th, Dr. Seliger stated his opinion on “President Yoon’s “Audacious Plan”: Neither Audacious nor a Plan, but Still Right” in a commentary published on the website of 38 North. He explained that “South Korea has frequently attempted to reach out to the North” but always faced rejection. He suggested that “maybe, for now, the best plan of action would be for South Korea to leave North Korea alone”. Dr. Seliger concluded that “while Yoon’s audacious plan is neither audacious nor a plan, it is a necessary dose of reality that the Korean Peninsula currently needs. Perhaps then, a truly audacious plan can eventually come into being.”. The full commentary can be accessed following this link:


Yonhap News published Dr. Seliger’s article about smart farming on October 29th on their website. He analyzed the agricultural state of Germany and South Korea, identified the threats to biodiversity like the excessive use of chemical pesticides and concrete and introduced solutions such as 'frog ladders', which allow “eco-friendly farming by preventing amphibians and reptiles from dying in concrete waterways”. Dr. Seliger stated: “It is necessary to apply modern and environmentally friendly technologies that are slowly approaching the stage of execution in dreams or laboratories through the concept of smart farming, not "retreat to the future.". This Korean article can be read following this link:


Related to this topic, the Hanns Seidel Foundation will hold a conference co-organized by the German Embassy addressing the issues “Transition of Agriculture and the Challenge to Preserve Biodiversity” on November 17th. The conference will discuss the future of sustainable farming and how to achieve a stabilization of agriculture biodiversity. For more information and pre-registration please follow this link: