Asia Program


Assessing Threats Facing the U.S.-Korea Alliance

June 18, 2014 // 12:10pm6:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
North Korea International Documentation Project

The dynamism of Asian markets, China’s rise, and Japan’s quest to become a normal state, play key roles in determining the future of the US-ROK alliance. At the same time, U.S. perception of China’s growing influence differs from that of Korea’s. Similarly, Washington does not see eye-to-eye with Seoul over changes in Japan’s policies. While the bilateral alliance remains strongest in dealing with North Korea, the two allies also have different views on dealing with this challenge.

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel will deliver the keynote address of the second annual U.S.-Korea dialogue hosted jointly by the Wilson Center and the East Asia Foundation of Seoul. Join us for this half-day conference, where opinion leaders from Korea and the United States will discuss their concerns for the future and seek ways to increase cooperation and mutual political, economic, diplomatic, and security benefits.

Read Secretary Russel's remarks at the U.S. Department of State's Website.

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Kent Hughes // Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Member, National Assembly, ROK


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Event Sessions: 

12:00-1:30 PM Luncheon

Keynote Speaker:
Daniel Russel
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

With Opening Remarks by
Jane Harman, President of the Wilson Center
Ro-myung Gong, Chairman of the East Asia Foundation
Ho-young Ahn, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

1:45- 3:40 PM
China’s Rise, Japan’s Role, and the Future of ROK-US Cooperation

Moderator: Chung-in Moon, Editor-in-Chief, Global Asia

Thomas Fingar: Distinguished Fellow, Freeman
Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Emma Chanlett-Avery: Specialist in Asian affairs, Congressional Research Service
Sung-hwan Kim: Chair, SNU Institute for Global Social Responsibility
Jeong-woo Kil: Member, National Assembly, ROK
Cheol-hee Park: Professor, Seoul National University

3:40- 4:00 PM Coffee Break

4:00-5:45 PM
New Trading Blocs in the Asia-Pacific?: TPP, RCEP, U.S.-Korea Cooperation

Moderator: Robert M. Hathaway: Director, Asia Program, Wilson Center

James Fatheree: Senior Director for Korea and Japan, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Kent Hughes: Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center
Mi-ae Choo: Member, National Assembly, ROK
Choong-yong Ahn: Ombudsman for Foreign Investment, KOTRA

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