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Australia and the Two Koreas: Capital Cable #96

June 27, 2024 • 9:30 – 10:15 am EDT

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For this episode of the Capital Cable, we are joined by Mr. Gordon Flake, the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia for a fascinating discussion on Australia's relations with the two Koreas, and the role Australia and South Korea could play in the G7. 

Mr. Flake is one of the world’s leading authorities on strategic developments in the Indo-Pacific. Having spent twenty-five years in the US foreign policy community focused on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia and now nine years in Australia’s Indian Ocean capital he is an expert on key strategic relationships in the broader Indo-Pacific. He has authored many scholarly and policy studies on security developments in the region, and their policy implications for the US and its regional partners. Since establishing the Centre in 2014, Mr. Flake has worked to build stronger international relationships between Australia, the US and the broader Indo-Pacific. He has led the growth of several major international conferences in Australia and the region; and established a range of high-level diplomatic and policy dialogues on issues of shared concern for the Indo-Pacific.

Prior to joining the Centre, he was the Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, an Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States, and Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Korean) and Master of Arts (International and Area Studies) from Brigham Young University. He speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian.

The Capital Cable is made possible by general support to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Gordon Flake
Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre, The University of Western Australia
Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
Sue Mi Terry
Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Council on Foreign Relations