Note: Event times are displayed in your local time zone. The dialogue took place on June 23, 2017 (Hawaii time), with an opening dinner on June 22.
Session 1: Political Dynamics in Seoul and Washington and their Implications
This session is intended to focus on political developments in each country: what is happening and why. What is the state of politics in each country? What forces are driving politics and motivating each administration? How can we differentiate each new government from its predecessor? What are its priorities and how will that affect the bilateral relationship? How will each president get along with his party and the legislature? How will that affect governance? What role does the opposition play in each country?
Moderator: Ralph COSSA
Speakers: Bruce KLINGNER, Byoung-kwon SOHN
Session 2: Populism, Nationalism, and Globalization: Emerging Trends and their Significance
Populist, nationalist and anti-globalist forces appear to be surging throughout the world. Is that also true in the ROK and the US? How do these forces play out in each country and to what extent are they shaping politics? How do they affect the bilateral relationship? How do recent developments fit within larger historical narratives for each country? [For those struggling to differentiate this session from session 1: Session 1 will focus on contemporary politics (what has happened), while this session explores larger forces behind those developments (why and what that means for the future)].
Moderator: James KELLY
Speakers: Jung Kun SEO, Alexis DUDDEN
Session 3: Challenges for Northeast Asia Security
How does each government assess and prioritize its security challenges? Have those assessments changed recently? If so, how and why? How does each country assess its relationship with China and its ally’s relationship with Beijing? How does each country assess its relationship with Japan and its ally’s relationship with Tokyo? Do trends or other factors favor one relationship over another? If so, why and what does that matter?
Moderator: In-Taek HYUN
Speakers: Denny ROY, Suk Hee HAN
Session 4: The ROK-US Alliance
How does each country characterize the state of the alliance? What factors are most important in influencing the alliance? What are each country’s chief concerns regarding the alliance and what should be done to address them?
Moderator: In-Taek HYUN
Speakers: Kyu-Dok HONG, William MCKINNEY