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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

Date & Time

May. 26, 2022
9:00am – 12:00pm ET
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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

Organized by the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy


Thursday, May 26, 2022, 9 A.M.-12:00 PM EST

Please join the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Korea Center for a special rollout event on the publication of Two Presidents, One Agenda. This briefing book contains memos from both American and Korean policy experts and policymakers offering President Biden and the new South Korean President, Yoon Suk-yeol, specific policy recommendations to address the most significant security and economic challenges the two allies face.

Please click on the word “Agenda” above for full details of each panel, including the list of speakers.

PANEL I: The US-ROK Alliance and Shifting Geopolitics of Northeast Asia will examine the major geostrategic issues facing the United States and South Korea, including U.S.-China relations and South Korea’s role in the superpower competition, the growing North Korean threat, U.S.-South Korea-Japan trilateral relations, and implications of the Russo-Ukraine war for South Korea and the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

PANEL II: Redefining Security: Trade, Technology and “New Frontier” Issues will examine the state of the U.S.-ROK alliance and, going beyond security, how the two allies should coordinate on economic and trade issues, including regional and international trade architecture, supply chains, and “new frontier” issues from climate change to cyber attacks.

Given all the shifts transforming the international environment, the United States and South Korea cannot afford a “business as usual” approach to their relations. The presidents of South Korea and the United States need specific, innovative, and actionable recommendations from veteran policymakers and scholars on how to deal with the most important issues confronting their countries. This event will highlight key takeaways from the briefing book, which seeks to chart a way forward for both administrations.

The panels will feature some of the contributors to the briefing book. The keynote address will be delivered by Edgard D. Kagan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania at the National Security Council.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation.



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
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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Sheila A. Smith

John E. Merow Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
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. Jeong Hyung-gon

Hyung-gon Jeong

Senior Fellow and Former Vice President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
Headshot of Dr. Miyeon Oh

Miyeon Oh

Director and Senior Faculty Lead of Korea Studies, SAIS Johns Hopkins; Adjunct International Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation
Headshot of Clara Gillispie

Clara Gillispie

Advisor, National Bureau of Asian Research
Headshot of Dr. Adam Segal

Adam Segal

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

Hosted By

Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

The Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.  Read more

Indo-Pacific Program

The Indo-Pacific Program promotes policy debate and intellectual discussions on US interests in the Asia-Pacific as well as political, economic, security, and social issues relating to the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region.   Read more

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