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Leadership Dynamics: The Korean Peninsula in the Moon and Trump Era

June 26, 2017 • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT

JoongAng Ilbo | CSIS Forum 2017

At times throughout history, the most unpredictable elements of foreign policy and international relations derive from domestic factors. 2017 has witnessed some unprecedented changes in this regard. The election of Donald J. Trump in the United States marks a definitive change in the way the United States looks at its international commitments. The impeachment crisis in Korea and the election of the Moon Jae-In government last month offer a new start for Korean politics. In China, the 19th Party Congress casts a long shadow over Xi Jinping's leadership and China's future strategic objectives. All of these changes are taking place in the context of growing threats from North Korea, complicated relations between China and South Korea, and a veritable blank slate in relations between the new Korean government and the Trump administration. World experts will converge in Seoul for the seventh annual JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum to address these issues of importance. Scholars, experts, opinion leaders, and former government officials will participate in a series of panels focused specifically on the domestic political situation in each of the three countries and how this will impact policy and strategy surrounding the Korean peninsula.


Program Agenda
9:20 AM | Registration
10:00 AM | Opening Ceremony
Opening Remarks:
Lee Hong-Koo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea
Welcoming Remarks:
John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
10:25 AM | Session I: President Trump’s Asia Policy
Yoon Young-Kwan, Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade
John Hamre, President and CEO, CSIS
Im Hyuk-Baek, Professor Emeritus, Korea University
Kim Sung-Han, Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University; Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Jake Sullivan, Martin R. Flug Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School; Former National Security Advisor to the Vice-President
11:50AM – 1:20PM | Luncheon Remarks
Kang Kyung-wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
1:30 PM | Keynote Address
James Clapper, Former U.S. Director of National Intelligence
2:15 PM | Session II: Chinese Foreign Policy Under the 19th Party Congress
Kim Heung-Kyu, Director, China Policy Institute, Ajou University
Chung Jae Ho, Professor, Department of International Relations, Seoul National University
Michael Green, Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, CSIS; Chair in Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, Georgetown University
Lee Hee-Ok, Professor, Department of Political Science, Sungkyunkwan University; Director, Sungkyun Institute of China Studies
3:50 PM | Session III: New Frontiers Facing the Moon Jae-in Government
Kim Sung-Han, Dean, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University; Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Victor Cha, Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, CSIS; Professor and Director, Asian Studies Program, Georgetown University
Kim Yong-Hyun, Professor, Department of North Korean Studies, Dongguk University
Park Myung-Lim, Chair, Interdisciplinary Program of Area Studies, Graduate School & Director, Kim Dae-Jung Presidential Library, Yonsei University
Kathleen Stephens, William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Former U.S. Ambassador to Korea
4:55 PM | Adjournment
John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair