KEI President & CEO Kathleen Stephens' First Column for Joongang Ilbo
January 24, 2019
Joongang Ilbo will begin featuring monthly column written by KEI President & CEO Kathleen Stephens. Drawing on Ambassador Stephens' Korean name, the column will be titled "Perspective on Korea from Shim Eun-kyung in the United States."
The inaugural column draws attention to the importance of bilateral cooperation between South Korea and the United States in addressing the security challenges posed by North Korea. Amb. Stephens draws attention to the fact that a "tectonic shift" is underway: North Korea, for one, has begun to treat South Korea as a legitimiate entity – a long time objective of the U.S. government.
In this environment, Ambassador Stephens underscores, it will be important for the United States to have confidence in South Korea to play a bigger role in the negotiations with North Korea.