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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

Korea Club | U.S. Korea Policy: Issues, Priorities, Prospects

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Event Date

June 7th 12:00pm - 12:00am EST

Event Description
Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant
8240 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
Dear Colleague:
You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The event will feature Mr. James Applegate, Chief of DPRK Unit and Mr. Will Cobb, Chief of ROK Unit at the Office of Korean Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, who will give a presentation entitled, "U.S. Korea Policy: Issues, Priorities, Prospects."
James Applegate is the Chief of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to taking this assignment, Mr. Applegate served as Deputy Counselor for United Nations Affairs at the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Austria (UNVIE) (2013-2016).  His other overseas assignments include Kabul, Afghanistan (2012-2013); Canberra, Australia (2009-2011); and Guangzhou, China (2007-2009).  He also served as a Watch Officer and Senior Watch Officer in the Department’s 24-hour Operations Center, which monitors developing crises around the world.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Mr. Applegate spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Armenia before joining the Foreign Service. 
Will Cobb is the Chief of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Prior to taking this assignment, Mr. Cobb served as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry.  His overseas assignments include Mexico (2008-2010), Nicaragua (2010-2012) and Colombia (2013-2015.  In addition to working for the former Secretary, his Washington assignments include the Operations Center as a Watch Officer and his current assignment.  Mr. Cobb also spent seven years as a business consultant with Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton.  He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy and obtained his MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Mr. Cobb is married to Pam Cobb who is also a Foreign Service officer.  
The reception will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check or cash.
RSVP is required for this program. Seating is limited. To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs, at
The evening program will be held at Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant in Tysons Corner—see address above. The program will start at 6:30 pm with a cash bar, set up inside the Korea Club conference room on the 1st floor of the restaurant. For more information on Woo Lae Oak, please take a few minutes to visit the restaurant’s website:
Woo Lae Oak is conveniently located in the heart of Tysons Corner. If you need assistance locating the restaurant, please call the restaurant (703-827-7300). Ample free parking is available in the restaurant’s multi-story parking garage.
Silver Line stop at Greensboro Metro Station. The restaurant is located just south of Greensboro Metro Station. Upon arriving at Greensboro Metro Station, please exit using the West Entrance Exit. For step-by-step directions, please use
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