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Beyond Security: South Korea’s Soft Power and the Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance in a Post-Pandemic World

October 5, 2021 • 9:00 – 11:15 am EDT

Please join the CSIS Korea Chair for a special event looking at how South Korea can enhance and leverage its soft power in fields such as K-pop, soap operas, movies, video games, contemporary art, sports, education, business, and technology.

Geography is not destiny. South Korea was dealt a weak hand by virtue of location, but now it has the economic and cultural resources to produce significant soft power, allowing it to design a foreign policy that will give it a larger role in global governance. South Korea today has an unparalleled opportunity to expand its international influence in ways that would have been unimaginable just a generation ago.

Scholars, journalists, authors, industry leaders and other leading experts join us for sessions to raise the level of understanding of South Korea's soft power and analyze the role of soft power in the context of U.S.-ROK alliance while offering suggestions for how Korean soft power can be used to broaden and strengthen the alliance.

This event is made possible by generous support from the Korea Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Joseph S. Nye Jr.
University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, and Former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair

Sue Mi Terry

John H. Lee

South Korean film director and screenwriter
Author and Journalist, The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture

Bernie Cho

President, DFSB Kollective

Sook Jong Lee

Professor of Graduate School of Governance, Sungkyunkwan University

Shin-wha Lee

Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University
Senior Fellow, Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

Daniel Tudor

Author, entrepreneur & former correspondent, the Economist

Jiyoon Kim

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Democracy and Education