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Two Presidents, One Agenda: A Blueprint for South Korea and the United States to Address the Challenges of the 2020s and Beyond

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An agenda for the US-South Korea alliance in the 2020s and beyond.


Edited by Dr. Sue Mi Terry


President Biden and South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, have a historic opportunity to forge a closer US-ROK. alliance. Two Presidents, One Agenda: A Blueprint for South Korea and the United States to Address the Challenges of the 2020s and Beyond is a series of articles that present the two presidents with specific policy recommendations addressing the most significant security and economic challenges and opportunities the two allies face in the years ahead. The articles are divided into two major categories: the shifting geopolitics of Northeast Asia, and economic and trade issues. There are 12 topics total under these two major areas. 


For each of the bigger geostrategic and economic issues, prominent experts – one from the United States, the other from the ROK—present recommendations on how each of their countries can deal with these challenges. For more narrow issues, a single expert, either American or Korean, offers recommendations. All of the writers are leading experts in their field with significant scholarly credentials. In addition, many have extensive government experience as well. 


Given all the shifts transforming the international environment, the United States and South Korea cannot afford a “business as usual” approach to their relations. This essay collection will chart a way forward for both administrations.


For Korean language (국문) version of Two Presidents One Agenda(두 대통령, 하나의 길), click here.



Headshot photo of Richard L. Armitage

Richard L. Armitage

Former Deputy Secretary of State
A picture of Abraham Denmark in front of green foliage

Abraham Denmark

Former Vice President of Programs and Director of Studies; Former Senior Advisor to the Asia Program; Former Senior Fellow in the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
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Jae Ho Chung

Professor of International Relations, Seoul National University
Victor Cha

Victor Cha

Senior Vice President and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Vice Dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs and D.S. Song-KF Professor of Government, Georgetown University
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Won Gon Park

Professor, Ewha Womans University
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Sheila A. Smith

John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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Sook Jong Lee

Senior Fellow, East Asia Institute; Representative of Asia Democracy Research Network
Andrew Yeo

Andrew Yeo

Senior Fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
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Young-kwan Yoon

Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Korea
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Scott Snyder

Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations
Headshot photo of Dr. Chaesung Chun

Chaesung Chun

Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University
Headshot of Wendy Cutler

Wendy Cutler

Vice President, The Asia Society; Former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
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Taeho Bark

Professor Emeritus, GSIS, Seoul National University; President, Lee & Ko Global Commerce Institute; Former Minister for Trade, Republic of Korea
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Matthew P. Goodman

Senior Vice President for Economics, Center for Strategic and International Studies
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Hyung-gon Jeong

Senior Fellow and Former Vice President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
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Miyeon Oh

Director and Senior Faculty Lead of Korea Studies, SAIS Johns Hopkins; Adjunct International Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation
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Sang Hyun Lee

President, Sejong Institute; President, Korea Nuclear Policy Society
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Clara Gillispie

Advisor, National Bureau of Asian Research
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Adam Segal

Ira A. Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies Director, Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
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Soonman Kwon

Professor, Seoul National University

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