September 13: Korea Matters for America Launch

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Korea Matters for America launch
(Click to enlarge) A distinguished panel of experts join Dr. Satu Limaye in listening to Sen. Jim Webb as his give his remarks at the Capitol Visitors Center on September 13, 2011.

Korea Matters for America Initiative Launched in Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC (September 26, 2011) Experts on key facets of the United States-Korea relationship participated in a panel event to launch Korea Matters for America, the latest publication in the East-West Center in Washington’s ongoing Asia Matters for America initiative. Representing both the public and private sectors, the panelists highlighted various aspects of the bilateral partnership with the widest reaching effect on both sides. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, began by discussing the history of cooperation with the Republic of Korea on strategic issues and the importance of the US-Korea alliance for the stability of the region, while Edgard Kagan, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea, provided insight into the improving bilateral diplomatic relations. However it was the topic of trade that garnered the most attention; Wendy Cutler, Assistant US Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC Affairs and Tami Overby, Vice President for Asia, US Chamber of Commerce, spoke of the importance of Korea as a trading partner and the impact that the KORUS free-trade agreement would have on such a crucial tie.

The panelists were joined by Sen. Jim Webb (D., Virginia), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Rep. Dave Reichert (R., Washington), member of the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, who gave remarks on the importance of US-Korea ties in their home states. Senator Webb noted the particularly large population of Korean Americans in Virginia, while Representative Reichert discussed the value of US-Asia trade to his Pacific state.

An electronic edition of Korea Matters for America, as well as regularly updated articles on the US-Korea relationship can be found at http://www.koreamattersforamerica.org/.