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May 19

Beyond the U.S.-Republic of Korea Alliance: Reinvigorating Economic Relations

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In recent years, increasing anxiety about the future of the US-South Korea alliance and security relations has raised concerns both in Washington and Seoul. Yet, it is undeniable that today, the two allies have more in common than even before during their half century long relationship, including shared value of open markets, free trade, democracy, and respect for the rule of law. With South Korea becoming more vibrant market-oriented democracy, economic relationship between the two nations continues to remain strong. The economic partnership becomes more important to both countries as one of the pillars underpinning the US-South Korea alliance.

The foundation of this economic partnership between the two countries has been constant interactions among people who share values of free market system and democracy. The US-Korea Free Trade Agreement will strengthen and solidify the foundation.

More About the Speakers

Panel I - Assessing the Bilateral Economic Relations: Where Are We Today?

The Honorable Yun, Kun Young
Member, ROK National Assembly,
Grand National Party

James Foster
Director of Korean Affairs,
U.S. Department of State

Joshua Felman
Assistant Director,
Asia and Pacific Department,
International Monetary Fund

Balbina Y. Hwang
Asian Studies Center,
The Heritage Foundation

Panel II - The U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement: Future Prospects

The Honorable Ahn, Byong Yub
Member, ROK National Assembly,
Uri Party

Demetrios Marantis
International Trade Counsel,
U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Anthony B. Kim
Center for International Trade and Economics,
The Heritage Foundation