Managing Critical Issues in the U.S.-Korea Alliance: North Korea and the KORUS FTA

Date & Time: 
Tue, 12/05/2017 - 8:30am - 10:00am

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The Korea Economic Institute of America presents:

Managing Critical Issues in the U.S.-Korea Alliance:

North Korea and the KORUS FTA

Keynote Remarks By: 

The Honorable Heidi Heitkamp 

Senator from the State of North Dakota
Opening Remarks By:

The Honorable Donald Manzullo

President, Korea Economic Institute

Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives


Discussion to Follow Featuring:

James Kim

Research Fellow

Asan Institute for Policy Studies


Troy Stangarone

Senior Director

Korea Economic Institute


 Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
 G-11 Senate Dirksen Office Building


In the coming months the U.S.-Korea alliance will be increasingly challenged by North Korea and the renegotiation of the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) FTA. While both issues pose significant challenges on their own, together they will test the alliance in ways not seen in decades.

In the aftermath of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, the United States and South Korea will need to work as closely as ever as the alliances uses economic pressure and negotiations to manage the North Korea crisis. At the same time, the alliance will need to manage the renegotiation of the KORUS FTA and a reduction of the trade deficit without undermining security cooperation at a critical time.

As North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs reach a critical stage and the United States and South Korea begin renegotiating the FTA, please join KEI for a discussion of the critical choice the U.S.-Korea alliance faces regarding sanctions policy, negotiations, and deterrence, or whether to the use military force against North Korea will be necessary, as well as the key issues in the renegotiation of the U.S.–Korea FTA.