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Oct 20

The Impact of President Lee Myung-bak’s Visit on U.S.-Korean Relations

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was accorded great accolades during his state visit to the United States: an address to a joint session of Congress, formal state dinner, the first foreign leader to ever be invited into “the tank” at the Pentagon, and even a road trip to Detroit with President Obama. All of these are a reflection of the current strength of the U.S.-South Korean military, economic, and political relationship.

Congressional approval of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement was an outstanding success for both countries. But the presidents also discussed a range of security and economic challenges that transcend the Korean Peninsula, reflecting Seoul’s growing international role.

Join us as our panel discusses the results of the U.S.-Korea summit and how the two allies can use the strength of the bilateral relationship to achieve common objectives. Does the summit portend any changes in policies toward North Korea? How will Pyongyang, Beijing, and Tokyo interpret the results of the summit?

More About the Speakers

Dr. Michael J. Green
Senior Advisor and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Scott Snyder
Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Bruce Klingner
Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

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Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

Director, Asian Studies Center Read More