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Global Leaders Forum: His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea

June 30, 2017 • 6:00 – 7:00 pm EDT

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On June 30, 2017, His Excellency Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, delivered a Global Leaders Forum address to a Washington D.C. foreign policy audience of more than 250 at CSIS headquarters. This occasion marked several firsts: President Moon's first foreign policy address abroad, his first visit to the United States as president, and his first summit meeting with the Donald J. Trump administration. The evening began with welcoming remarks by CSIS Senior Adviser for Asia and Korea Chair Dr. Victor Cha, followed by CSIS President and CEO Dr. John Hamre's introduction of President Moon. President Moon discussed his strong support of the U.S.-ROK alliance, the challenges posed by North Korea, and his vision for Korea's security and prosperity as a contributing member of the global community. After his speech, the president fielded several questions from the audience.

Notable foreign policy luminaries in attendance included former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, former Senator Richard Lugar, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, former Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor Dr. J.D Crouch, former National Security Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden Mr. Jake Sullivan, Editorial Page Editor for the Washington Post Mr. Fred Hiatt, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Dr. Kurt Campbell, and CSIS Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair Dr. Michael Green. Also in attendance were three former U.S. ambassadors to Korea, Ambassador Mark Lippert, Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, and former Commander of the United States Forces Korea General Walter Sharp.


4:30 PM - Registration

6:00 PM - Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Victor Cha
Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, CSIS; Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University

Introductory Remarks
Dr. John J. Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS

Keynote Address
His Excellency Moon Jae-in
President of the Republic of Korea

Moderated by Dr. John J. Hamre, CSIS

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John J. Hamre
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Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair