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Looking Ahead: Emerging Security Issues in Northeast Asia in 2024

December 14, 2023 • 9:30 – 10:15 am EST

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Please join us for the 84th episode of the Capital Cable. In this episode, we will discuss emerging security issues in Northeast Asia, including extended deterrence, trilateral security cooperation between the U.S., Korea and Japan, and the United Nations Command. 

We will joined by Gen. (ret.) Robert B. Abrams, former Commander of UNC/CFC/USFK from 2018 to 2021. Gen. Abrams retired from active duty on 1 September 2021 after completing 39 years of service.

General Abrams earned his commission from the United States Military Academy in 1982. Following the Armor officer basic course, he spent his formative years in a Division Cavalry Squadron with a mission on the East-West German border. He commanded at every level from Company through Theater level, and led units in combat operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. General Abrams has extensive combined and joint operations experience. Duty with Warfighting units include: 3rd Armored Division, 1st Cavalry Division (three tours); 3rd Infantry Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. He also commanded the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. His joint experience includes serving as a strategic war planner for the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as the Director of the Joint Center of Excellence for Improvised Explosive Defeat. General Abrams also served as the Senior Military Assistant to the 24th Secretary of Defense.

As a four-star General for over 6 years, General Abrams served as the 22d Commander of United States Army Forces Command from Aug 2015-Oct 2018, the Army’s largest formation comprised of over 229,000 active-duty Soldiers, and provided training and readiness oversight of the US Army National Guard and US Army Reserve. In total the Forces Command team included 776,000 Soldiers and 96,000 Civilians.

General Abrams holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science from Central Michigan University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and has attended a wide variety of military schools.

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Robert B. Abrams

Robert B. Abrams

Former Commander, UNC/CFC/USFK
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Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
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Sue Mi Terry

Sue Mi Terry

Senior Advisor, Macro Advisory Partners