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Navigating Troubled Waters:
The Republic of Korea and the Indo-Pacific
The Geopolitical Outlook for South Korea:
Opportunities and Challenges in the Region
Ambassador (ret.) Christopher Hill Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
Admiral (ret.) Scott Swift Former Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet
Dr. Kim Ki-jung President, Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Yonsei University
Dr. Ashley J. Tellis
Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Former Senior Adviser to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs
Dr. Liselotte Odgaard
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen Stephens
President and CEO,
Korea Economic Institute of America
As the Indo-Pacific becomes the focal point of the growing rivalry between Washington and Beijing, the United States looks to uphold the existing rules-based order in the region through initiatives such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. South Korea has not yet formally endorsed these endeavors – but remains actively engaged in the Indo-Pacific through its New Southern Policy. However, the intensification of the U.S.-China competition challenges Seoul’s efforts to cooperate with its principal ally while avoiding Beijing’s economic retaliation and misalignment on engagement with North Korea.
Ahead of the summit between ROK President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden, please join KEI for two panel discussions (See Session 2 here) on the major political, security, and diplomatic issues for South Korea in the Indo-Pacific region as well recommendations for Seoul on navigating its difficult geopolitical environment.