2013 JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum Keynote Address by Senator Richard Lugar
May 21, 2013
The Korean-American relationship is so fundamental to the economic and security interests of both countries that it does not depend on the personal ties between top leaders, but it is always an advantage if such a relationship exists. cPresident Park’s visit came in the continuing context of the U.S. pivot to Asia, as well as North Korea’s recent provocations. The Obama Administration’s announced pivot, or re-balance, toward Asia is still a work in progress. Its good intentions are confronted with budget realities and the historic lessons of whether such efforts endure over time.