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Jun 27

Enhancing U.S. - Korea Relations: The U.S. Visa Waiver Program

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Most Americans would be surprised to learn that one of the most troublesome issues for South Korean citizens with the United States is not the Free Trade Agreement, growing tensions over the alliance, or even North Korea's nuclear program, but the fact that South Korea is not included in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows nationals from member countries to enter the United States as temporary visitors without first obtaining visas at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Unfortunately, Korea's inclusion in the VWP faces several technical and political challenges, including wider concerns in America about protecting national security and securing its borders. Join us for an informative presentation of the related issues and prospects for Korea's inclusion in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.

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More About the Speakers

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow,
Defense and Homeland Security,
The Heritage Foundation

Dennis Halpin
Professional Staff,
House Committee on International Relations

Hosted By

Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D. Balbina Y. Hwang, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Analyst Read More