U.S. Attitudes toward the Republic of Korea
On September 16th 2010, the Korea Economic Institute and the CSIS Korea Chair co-hosted an event to mark the release of a new public opinion survey of American attitudes toward the Republic of Korea conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The survey, which is the first of its kind, covers a wide range of topics, including the future of the U.S.-ROK alliance, South Korea’s role in Asia, North Korea’s nuclear program, and the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
Dr. Marshall M. Bouton
President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Dr. Victor D. Cha
CSIS Senior Adviser and Korea Chair;
Director of Asian Studies, Georgetown University
Ambassador Christopher R. Hill
Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
Ambassador Charles L. Pritchard
President, The Korea Economic Institute
Marshall Bouton became President of The Chicago Council in August 2001. Prior to that, he served twenty years at the Asia Society in New York, most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Previous positions include director for policy analysis in the office of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Near East, Africa and South Asia, special assistant to the U. S. Ambassador to India, executive secretary for the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture, and program director for India affairs at the Asia Society in New York.
Victor Cha was named to the newly created Korea Chair at CSIS in May 2009. He is also a professor of government and director for Asian Studies at Georgetown University. From 2004 to 2007, he was Director for Asian affairs at the White House, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy for Japan, the two Koreas, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations. He also served as U.S. deputy head of delegation to the Six-Party Talks and has acted as a senior consultant on East Asian security issues for different branches of the U.S. government. Dr. Cha is the author or coauthor of numerous books and articles, including Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2009), Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press, 2003), and Alignment Despite Antagonism: The U.S.-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999). He is also a frequent contributor and guest analyst for various media outlets, including Choson Ilbo, Joongang Ilbo, CNN, National Public Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, Asahi Shimbun, and Japan Times.
Christopher R. Hill served as the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from March 2009 until he was named Dean of the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies on July 1, 2010. Prior to his ambassadorship to Iraq, Amb. Hill was Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In 2005, he was selected to lead the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. He also has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Over the course of his 30 year career with the State Department, he has served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, and as Special Envoy to Kosovo. He was also Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Southeast European Affairs in the National Security Council. Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Amb. Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul and Tirana, and worked on the State Department’s policy planning staff and in the department’s Operation Center. While on a fellowship with the American Political Science Association, he served as a staff member for Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues. He has also served as the State Department’s Senior Country Officer for Poland.
Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard is the President of the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington. Prior to joining KEI, he was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC from September 2003 until February 2006. Amb. Pritchard served as ambassador and special envoy for negotiations with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and United States representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization in the administration of President George W. Bush from April 2001 until September 2003. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asian Affairs in the administration of President William J. Clinton. During the Clinton administration, Amb. Pritchard was also the Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council and deputy chief negotiator for the Four Party Peace Talks, which aimed at reducing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Amb. Pritchard is a former United States Army officer and attaché in Tokyo, Japan. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2000 as a Colonel after serving 28 years on active duty.