Ambassadors' Dialogue 2012
November 9, 2012
U.S.-Korea Ambassadors’ Dialogue
DATE: Monday, October 22, 2012 – Saturday, October 27, 2012
PARTICIPANTS: Ambassador Y.J. Choi, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States; and Ambassador Sung Kim, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Korea; Dr. Abraham Kim, President (Interim), Korea Economic Institute
LOCATION: Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Honolulu, HI
The Korea Economic Institute annually hosts the U.S. Ambassador to Korea and the Korean Ambassador to the U.S. to embark on a series of public and private outreach programs on U.S.-Korea relations. The tour – known as the Ambassadors’ Dialogue on Korea – has been a premier annual KEI event since its inauguration in 1992, covering four or more cities over a one-week period. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of this unique program.
This year, Ambassador Y.J. Choi and Ambassador Sung Kim visited four cities of Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego and Honolulu. In each city, the two Ambassadors addressed audiences of civic leaders, business representatives, students, veterans, local media, and state/local political leaders in a number of public and private meetings on the current security and economic situation on the Korean peninsula and the state of the U.S.-Korea relations. Public forums were hosted at the Asia Society Texas Center, University of Southern California, University of California San Diego, and East-West Center. The Ambassadors also briefed by energy industry leaders in Houston, observed a brain surgery by a leading Korean American neurosurgeon, and participated in a private briefing at the U.S. Pacific Command, while weathering through a tsunami warning and hurricane Sandy.
Over the years, the Ambassadors’ Dialogue became one of most successful public education and outreach programs on Korea in the United States today. The programs have served to inform public opinion leaders in cities around the country of current developments in Korea and U.S.-Korea relations, as well as to raise the level of interest in Korea around the country. The joint participation of the two Ambassadors is unique to this bilateral partnership. The Ambassadors’ Dialogue provides a concrete symbol of the closeness of the relationship between these two allies.