The U.S.-South Korea leaders’ summit in May focused on far more than North Korea. Rather, Presidents Moon and Biden espoused a vision of the U.S.-South Korea alliance grounded in cooperation on far-ranging regional and global issues, including climate, technology and innovation, and global health. But the lion’s share of South Korea’s diplomatic capital is tied up in relations with the United States, North Korea, China, and Japan. Can South Korea sustain a globalized foreign policy and prioritize cooperation on transnational and nontraditional security issues in the U.S.-South Korea alliance?
Join Brad Glosserman, J. James Kim, Jean H. Lee, Jina Kim, and the Carnegie Endowment’s Chung Min Lee for a conversation on these issues and preview Lee’s new report, “Is South Korea Going Global? New Possibilities Together With the Biden Administration.”
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Chung Min Lee is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Asia Program. He is an expert on Korean and Northeast Asian security, defense, intelligence, and crisis management.
Brad Glosserman is deputy director of and visiting professor at the Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies and senior adviser for Pacific Forum.
J. James Kim is the director of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC and senior fellow of the Center for American Politics and Policy at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul).
Jean H. Lee is a senior fellow in the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Wilson Center.
Jina Kim is chief of the North Korean Military Division at the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses