In their first summit meeting held last May, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden rejuvenated the decades-long alliance by not only focusing on traditional bilateral topics but also addressing new regional and global issues in the context of the intensifying U.S.-China strategic rivalry—including climate change, supply chains, and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. The agreements made at the summit could have long-term ramifications for South Korea’s strategic positioning in Northeast Asia and the United States’ broader regional strategy. In particular, the allies will have to navigate changing dynamics in domestic politics leading up to and after the 2022 presidential election in South Korea and midterm elections in the United States. Please join the GW Institute for Korean Studies for an online discussion with experts who will be discussing views from the United States and South Korea on the presently evolving chapter in U.S.-ROK relations following the May summit.
Speakers (Alphabetical Order)
- Hyo-young Lee (Assistant Professor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy)
- Hyun-wook Kim (Professor, Korea National Diplomatic Academy)
- Robert Sutter (Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University)
- Stephen B. Kaplan (Associate Professor, George Washington University)
- Gregg A. Brazinsky (Deputy Director of Institute for Korean Studies, George Washington University)