The Republic of Korea is one of the United States’ most important strategic and economic partners in Asia. Meanwhile, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea pursues a policy of diplomatic self-isolation and threatens U.S. allies in the region with the ongoing development of nuclear and long-range missile programs.
In order to emphasize the importance of the dynamic U.S.-ROK relationship and to understand the challenges posed by North Korea, the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy and Office of Congressional Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is parterning with the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association to sponsor the 1st Annual Korea 101 Series. This year’s six-part series is designed to provide Congressional Staff with the critical background and tools necessary to more accurately interpret and respond to the most salient issues on the Korean peninsula today. Wilson Center experts and partners will lead discussions of the most pertinent issues relating to the Korean peninsula followed by an audience Q&A session.
Monday, October 17, 2016
9:00-9:50 Why are there two Koreas?: Dr. James F. Person, Coordinator, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Wilson Center
10:00-10:50 The U.S.-South Korean Trade Relationship: Shihoko Goto, Senior Associate, The Asia Program, Wilson Center
11:00-11:50 The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Dr. Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Chair in Government and International Affairs and Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
9:00-9:50 China-North Korea Relations: Amb. Stapleton Roy, Senior Scholar, Kissinger Institute for China and the U.S., Wilson Center, and Dr. James F. Person, Coordinator, Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, Wilson Center
10:00-10:50 The North Korean Nuclear Program: Dr. Robert Litwak, Vice President and Director for International Security Studies, Wilson Center
11:00-11:50 South Korea and its Neighbors: Dr. Celeste Arrington, Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs