Ambassadors’ Dialogue on Cultivating the U.S.-Korea Global Partnership


Free public seminar at the East-West Center on Fri. Oct. 26
will feature Korea’s Ambassador to the U.S. Y.J. Choi
and U.S. Ambassador to Korea Sung Kim

U.S. Ambassador to Korea Sung Kim and Korea’s Ambassador to the U.S. Y.J. Choi will present a special Ambassadors’ Dialogue on key issues impacting the U.S.-Korea alliance, Fri. Oct. 26, 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the East-west Center’s Imin International Center – Jefferson Hall (across from Kennedy Theatre). The event is open to the public and free of charge. Paid parking is available on the UH Manoa campus.

The ambassadors will discuss current issues affecting the two countries' close relationship, including South Korea's increasingly important global role, the new leader in North Korea, regional territorial disputes, the R.O.K.-U.S. security alliance, and the new Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. The session will be moderated by Ambassador Raymond Burghardt, director of the East-West Center’s Seminars Program.

Co-sponsored by: East-West Center and the Korea Economic Institute, a leading policy outreach and education organization focused on promoting economic, political, and security relations between the U.S. and South Korea.

About the Ambassadors:

Y.J. Choi was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States in March 2012. He has served as a diplomat in many positions including Permanent Representative of Korea to the UN and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Sung Kim was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea in October 2011. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks. He also headed the Office of Korean Affairs and served at posts in Seoul and Tokyo. He was born in Seoul and grew up in Los Angeles.

Dialogue moderator Raymond Burghardt heads the East-West Center’s Seminars Program and concurrently serves as Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Seoul, among other posts.

About the dialogue program

Each year, the Korea Economic Institute hosts the U.S. Ambassador to Korea and the Korean Ambassador to the U.S. in a series of public and private outreach programs on U.S.-Korea relations held throughout the U.S. The tour – known as the Ambassadors’ Dialogue on Korea – has been a premier annual KEI event since its inauguration in 1992, covering five or more cities over a one-week period. The core event in each city is a joint appearance by the two Ambassadors at a program sponsored by a local organization.

This year’s dialogue tour on the theme of “The Road to U.S.-Korea Global Partnership” is focused on the West Coast, including stops in California, Washington State and Hawai‘i.