Special Event: Korea and the United States: 60 Years of Partnership Going Forward


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In partnership with the Asan Institute for Policy Studies

When: Dec 11 2013 - 10:00am until Dec 11 2013 (All day)
Where: Capitol Visitor Center: First Street SE. Washington, DC 20515

Korea and the United States: 60 Years of Partnership Going Forward

A briefing on the United States-Korea relationship and launch of
Korea Matters for America / America Matters for Korea

Honorary Co-Hosts:

Congressman David Reichert (R-WA)
Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA)
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (R-HI)
Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL)
Ambassador AHN Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States


Dr. Chaibong Hahm, President, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Dr. Kang Choi, Vice-President, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Ms. Tami Overby, Vice President for Asia, United States Chamber of Commerce; President, US-Korea Business Council
Dr. Marcus Noland, Executive Vice President and Director of Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Mr. James P. Zumwalt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, US Department of State
Dr. Satu Limaye (Moderator), Director, East-West Center in Washington; creator of Asia Matters for America Initiative

H.E. Ho-young Ahn spoke about how the US-ROK relationship will only continue to grow from "Strength to Strength"The latest edition of the Korea Matters for America/America Matters for Korea publication was launched on Wednesday, December 11th with an event on Capitol Hill in Washington. Produced jointly by the East-West Center in Washington and The Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, Korea Matters highlights all aspects of the US-Korea relationship, including analysis of trade and investment levels, mutual travel and tourism rates, student exchanges, and the bilateral security alliance, among other things. The publication highlights state- and congressional district-level facts and figures to illustrate the importance of the relationship on a local level.

Rep Reichert (R-WA) helped launch the previous edition of Korea Matters for America, and is a proponent of US-Asia trade.The event on the Hill included speeches by members of the U.S. Congress, talking about their own experiences with the US-Korea relationship, as well as a panel discussion by a range of experts in different policy fields and some remarks by Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Ahn Ho-young. The members of congress who spoke were Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), demonstrating that the importance of the US-Korea relationship transcends party politics.

The expert panelists included Tami Overby, the Vice President for Asia at the US Chamber of Commerce and President of the US-Korea Business Council, A panel of experts discussed US-Korea trade relations, security issues and the alliance, student and other interpersonal exchanges and more. All areas highlighted in the new Korea Matters for America publication.Dr. Marcus Noland, the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute of International Economics and Senior Fellow at the East-West Center, Jim Zumwalt, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the Department of State, and Dr. Choi Kang, the Vice President of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. The panelists touched on the various dimensions of the US-Korea relationship, from security issues to the current state of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and prospects for Korea joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Dr. Satu Limaye moderated the panel as the Director of the East-West Center in Washington and creator of the Asia Matters for America initiative, of which Korea Matters is the latest installment.

The new booklet can be downloaded in PDF format here.

Additional photos from the program can be found on our Flickr page here.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Grace Ruch Clegg
Phone: 202-327-9762