The Prospects of the US-Republic of Korea Economic Relations Under the Biden Administration

The Prospects of the US-Republic of Korea Economic Relations Under the Biden Administration

In 2021, the White House brought in a new administration that prioritizes collaborative international relationships instead of de-globalization. While the United States and South Korea’s economic relationship has remained relatively strong amid the disputes on trade and defense cost, it faces new challenges. Geopolitical uncertainty, enduring impacts of the century’s worst virus outbreak, and the rise of digital power indicate it is time to review the current economic relationship between the US and South Korea. What does the future hold for the economic alliance? Will the new administration focus on a holistic and multilateral approach towards East Asia or on a narrower bilateral relationship with each country? How will South Korea be affected by the US-China relationship? What is South Korea’s role? Can the new administration advance the current relationship with South Korea within the next four years? Please join our panel discussion with experts from both the US and South Korea on the prospects of the countries' economic relationship under the Biden administration.

Speakers:

  • Clara Gillispie, Senior Advisor, National Bureau of Asian Research
  • June Park, PhD, East Asia Voices Initiative Fellow, East Asia National Resource Center, The George Washington University