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Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Past, Present, Future

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Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars & the East Asia Foundation

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The 3rd US-ROK Dialogue at the Wilson Center
“Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-R.O.K. Alliance: Past, Present, Future”

Hosted by the Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The dynamism of Northeast Asian markets, China’s rise, and Japan’s quest of normal state and economic power, play key roles in determining the future of the U.S.-R.O.K. alliance. At the same time, U.S. perception of China’s growing influence differs from that of Korea’s. Similarly, Washington does not see eye-to-eye with Seoul over changes in Japan’s policies. While the bilateral alliance remains strongest in dealing with North Korea, there are differences of views and challenges to it.

The East Asia Foundation in Seoul, Korea and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. are holding the 3rd joint conference, where opinion leaders from Korea and the United States will discuss their concerns for the future and seek ways to increase cooperation and mutual political, economic, diplomatic, and security benefits.

09:30-09:50 Registration

09:50-10:00 Welcoming Remarks 
Jane Harman, President, Director, and CEO, Wilson Center and by Ro-myung Gong, Chairman, East Asia Foundation and former Minister of Foreign Affairs

10:00-12:00
70 Years of Korea's Liberation and Division: Historical Reflections and Lessons for the Future of ROK-US Relations
Moderator: Robert Hathaway, Senior Fellow and former Director of the Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Presenters:        
Amb. Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University;
Gong Ro-myung, Chairman, East Asia Foundation and former ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs;
Kim Sung-hwan, former ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Princeton University.

12:00-13:50
Luncheon

Introductory Remarks: Amb. Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States;
Keynote Speech: Daniel R. Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

13:50-15:50 
Emerging Trading Blocs in the Asia-Pacific: TPP, RCEP, and ROK-US Cooperation

Moderator: Kent Hughes, Senior Fellow and former Director of the America and the Global Economy Program, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars;
Presenters:
Meg Lundsager, Fellow, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, former Executive Director of IMF and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investment at the Treasury Department;
Ahn Choong-yong, Chairman, National Commission for Corporate Partnership;
Mark Tokola, Vice-President of the Korea Economic Institute;
Kim Chang Kyu, Minister-Counselor for Trade, Industry & Energy, Embassy of the R.O.K. in DC.

15:50-16:00

Coffee break

16:00-18:00
50 years of Japan-ROK Diplomatic Normalization: Status Assessment and Implications for Japan-ROK-US Relations
Moderator: Moon Chung-in, Professor, Department of Political Science, Yonsei University;
Presenters:
Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS and Associate Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University;
James Schoff, Senior Associate, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace;
Yu Myung-hwan, former ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade;
Park Cheol-hee, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University.

18:00-18:30 
Reception