Korea Policy Forum: South Korea’s Presidential Election and US-ROK Relations

Co-sponsored by the GW Institute for Korean Studies and the East Asia National Resource Center

Korea Policy Forum: South Korea’s Presidential Election and US-ROK Relations

South Koreans will soon go to the polls to elect their next president on March 9, 2022. The two leading candidates are former Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung from the ruling Democratic Party and former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl from the opposition People Power Party. As these two candidates hold divergent views on foreign policy, the results of this consequential election will surely have a major impact on US-ROK relations.

The GW Institute for Korean Studies has invited a prominent supporter of each major candidate to share their views on the race and their preferred candidate’s foreign policy goals. Joon Hyung Kim (former Chancellor of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy) and Beomchul Shin (Director of Diplomacy and Security Center at Korea Research Institute for National Strategy) will be presenting on the foreign policy of Lee Jae-myung and Yoon Seok-youl, respectively. Their presentations will be followed by comments from two expert discussants, Celeste Arrington (Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at GW) and Mark Tokola (Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America). We invite you to join us for an engaging discussion on the upcoming election and its implications for the future of US-ROK relations.

Speakers

  • Beomchul Shin (Director of the Diplomacy and Security Center, Korea Research Institute for National Strategy)
  • Joon Hyung Kim (Former Chancellor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy)

Discussants

  • Celeste Arrington (Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University)
  • Mark Tokola (Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America)

Moderator

  • Yonho Kim (Associate Director, Institute for Korean Studies, George Washington University)