New Administrations and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Challenges and Way Forward | Wilson Center
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New Administrations and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Challenges and Way Forward

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China’s rise, North Korea’s nuclear ambition, Japan’s quest to become a normal state, contending regional economic arrangements, and domestic political changes in the US and the ROK have profoundly affected regional dynamics as well as the nature of the U.S.-R.O.K. alliance. Amidst these transformations, the East Asia Foundation (Seoul) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars announce the 5th annual US-ROK Dialogue, where opinion leaders from Korea and the United States will discuss their concerns for the future and seek ways to enhance mutual understanding and to strengthen coordination and cooperation. Join us for this timely re-examination of the evolving nature of the bilateral alliance in the age of regional volatility and uncertainty.


10:00-10:15 Registration

10:15-10:30 Welcoming remarks: Ro-myung Gong

10:30-12:00 1st session: “China, North Korea, and the Future of ROK-US Alliance”

Moderator: James Person

Panelists:  Sung-hwan KimChoong-myon LeeRobert Litwak, Amb. Stapleton Roy


12:00-13:15 Luncheon

Keynote: Chung-in Moon


13:15-14:45 2nd Session: “Trade, Currency, and ROK-US Economic Cooperation under the Trump Administration”

Moderator: Shihoko Goto

Panelists: Choong-Yong AhnKent HughesMeg LundsagerTaeho Bark


14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-16:30 3rd session: “New ROK and US Administrations and Governance”

Moderator: Donald Gross

Panelists: Michael GreenIhk Pyo HongJong Dae KimGilbert Rozman




  • Chung-in Moon

    Special Adviser to the ROK President for Unification and National Security Affairs


  • James Person

    Global Fellow
    Professor of Korean Studies and Asia Programs, JHU SAIS; Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS
  • Shihoko Goto

    Deputy Director for Geoeconomics and Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Asia Program
  • Donald Gross

    Of Counsel, Law Offices of Montgomery Fazzone PLLC; Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group


  • Sung-hwan Kim

    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Choong-myon Lee

    Deputy Director General, North American Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Robert S. Litwak

    Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies
  • J. Stapleton Roy

    Distinguished Fellow
    Founding Director Emeritus, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
  • Choong Yong Ahn

    Chairman, Korea Commission for Corporate Partnership
  • Kent Hughes

    Public Policy Fellow
    Former Director, Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center
  • Meg Lundsager

    Public Policy Fellow
    Former U.S. Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Taeho Bark

    Professor, GSIS, Seoul National University, former Minister for Trade
  • Michael Green

    Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Ihk Pyo Hong

    Member of Trade, Industry, and Energy Committee, The National Assembly, 2nd term, The Minjoo Party of Korea
  • Jong Dae Kim

    Member of National Defense Committee, The National Assembly / 1st term, Justice Party
  • Gilbert Rozman

    Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Princeton University; Editor-in-Chief, the ASAN Forum