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Although the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance remains the “linchpin of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific” changing circumstances regionally and globally call for further cooperation between the two allies. As tensions continue between South Korea and Japan, the United States will need to play a more active role in mediating between the two countries as part of its “rebalance” to Asia. North Korea remains a quagmire, complicating unification efforts on the Korean Peninsula. Concurrently, the global dilemma of climate change requires a concerted effort by the two allies to effectively reach the common goal of a sustainable future. Can South Korea lead the way for green growth in Asia? How can this contribute to peace and stability in the region?

On September 18, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and The Korea Foundation hosted the Seventh Seoul-Washington Forum. Leading experts from South Korea and the United States examined strategic changes in the region and what this means for the U.S. rebalance to Asia, challenges related to U.S.-Korea-Japan relations, the politics of unification and North Korea’s nuclear threat, and South Korea’s leadership in green economy and climate change.

 

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Welcome and Introduction

Closing Remarks

Panel 1 - Strategic Changes in Asia: U.S.-Korea-Japan Relations in the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

Gary Hufbauer

Reginald Jones Senior Fellow - Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Sook-Jong Lee

President, East Asia Institute - Professor, Public Administration and Public Policy, Sungkyunkwan University

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Jihwan Hwang

Professor, International Relations - University of Seoul

Panel 2 - Dilemma on the Korean Peninsula: Bonanza or Bombs?

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Sook-Jong Lee

President, East Asia Institute - Professor, Public Administration and Public Policy, Sungkyunkwan University

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Hyun-Wook Kim

Associate Professor and Director-General, American Studies - Korea National Diplomatic Academy

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Jaechun Kim

Professor, Graduate School of International Studies - Sogang University

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David Maxwell

Associate Director, Center for Security Studies - Georgetown University

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Sook-Jong Lee

President, East Asia Institute - Professor, Public Administration and Public Policy, Sungkyunkwan University

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Hyun-Wook Kim

Associate Professor and Director-General, American Studies - Korea National Diplomatic Academy

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Jaechun Kim

Professor, Graduate School of International Studies - Sogang University

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David Maxwell

Associate Director, Center for Security Studies - Georgetown University

Panel 3 - Korea's Leadership in Global Issues: Green Economy and Climate Change

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Jay L. Koh

Managing Director, Siguler Guff - Member, Private Sector Advisory Group to the UN Green Climate Fund

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So-Min Cheong

Associate Professor, Geography - The University of Kansas

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Suh-Yong Chung

Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies - Korea University

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