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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

Future of the US-ROK Relationship Workshop

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Event Date

October 15th 12:00pm - 12:00am EST

Event Description

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM

Dr. Abraham Kim
President (Interim)
Korea Economic Institute

Dr. Rachel Bronson
Vice President of Studies
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs


Panel 1: Public Opinion and the U.S.-R.O.K Alliance
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Scott Snyder
Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy
Council on Foreign Relations

Dr. Kim Jiyoon
Research Fellow
Asan Institute for Policy Studies


Presentation of findings of new Chicago Council and Asan Institute survey data on how Americans and Koreans are viewing their strategic challenges and what approaches in foreign policy have the most popular support. The recent release of the Asan Institute and Chicago Council surveys allow for a direct comparative look at public opinion on the U.S.-Korea alliance from both sides of the Pacific.

1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.


Panel 2: The U.S.-Korea Relationship: What Next?
1:40 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.


Dr. Abraham Kim
President (Interim)
Korea Economic Institute

Dr. Victor Cha
Senior Adviser and Korea Chair
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Michael Schiffer
Senior Adviser
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Dr. Woo Jung-Yeop
Research Fellow
Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Panel 2 will discuss the U.S. role in the Asia Pacific during the next administration, using the survey data presented in panel 1 as a starting point.  New tensions in the South China Sea and leadership change in North Korea require a strong U.S.-Korea partnership. This panel will lay out key steps that a next administration could take to ensure a continued robust relationship. Can a second term Obama administration or a new Romney administration reinforce the strong ties developed between Washington and Seoul in recent years? What can either a Republican or Democratic administration expect as a new Korean president begins his or her tenure? How can both countries manage growing regional tensions, and continue to fortify America’s “rebalancing” in Asia?

Closing Remarks
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The full report, "Foreign Policy in the New Millennium" can be found here.
Video of the welcoming remarks and panel one can be found here.