The Future of the Korean Peninsula and the U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance
Important changes are taking place on the Korean peninsula. In the South, a presidential election looms. In the North, the recent succession raises hopes of reform. Meanwhile, the Six-Party Talks, aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program, remain stymied. The U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the U.S. reflect on recent developments in the region and the current state of the U.S.-ROK alliance.
Ambassador Sung Kim, United States' Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
Ambassador Young-jin Choi, Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States
Edward Allen, Co-Vice Chairman of Asia Society Texas Center
Ambassador Choi, a career diplomat who has served as South Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, assumed his duties as Ambassador to the United States in March 2012.
Ambassador Kim was named to his current post by President Barack Obama in 2011. Before his appointment he served as Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of Ambassador. Born in Seoul, Korea, he grew up in Los Angeles.
Lunch and Program: 11:30am