Forging New U.S.-ROK Political Relationships

In response to current tensions in the U.S.-Republic of Korea political relationship, the Mansfield Foundation has initiated a project intended to forge stronger political relationships among the current and rising generation of leaders in Washington and Seoul. As part of this project, the Foundation is organizing a series of dialogues that engage those individuals most likely play key roles in post-Bush, post-Roh administrations and in U.S.-ROK relations for decades to come.

These dialogues will be informed by provocative and relevant issue papers, solicited from experts outside the core group of participants.

The project will analyze such issues as:
• Understanding domestic change in South Korea
• Realigning expectations in the alliance
• Coming to terms with nationalism in South Korea
• Diverging threat perceptions of North Korea
• Respective visions for Northeast Asia
• Future of the U.S.-ROK alliance

First Phase Project Papers:

“ America’s Mid-term Elections: What Next for U.S.-South Korean Relations?”
Robert Hathaway, Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

“ 2002 vs. 2006, The Rise and Fall of Anti-Americanism in South Korea: “It’s Korean Politics (not U.S.), Mr. President!”

Hoon Jaung, Chung-Ang University

” Realigning Expectations for The R.O.K. -U.S. Relationship: Are We Ignoring A Glass More Than Half Full?”

Sung-han Kim, Professor, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS)

“Re-imagining the U.S.-ROK Alliance”
Dan Sneider, Associate Director for Research, Walter S. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University

“The Korea-U.S. FTA: Prospects and Implications for the Bilateral Strategic Relationship”
Joseph A.B. Winder, President, Winder International

Second Phase Project Papers:

“U.S.-ROK: Diverging Threat Perceptions of North Korea?”

Ralph A. Cossa, President, Pacific Forum, CSIS

An Assessment of Current ROK-U.S. Relations”

Kang Choi, Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security

“Visions of Northeast Asia Regionalism:  The United States and the Republic of Korea”

Gilbert F. Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University

“Divergent Threat Perceptions on North Korea”

Hyeong Jung Park, Visiting Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

” Forging an Enduring Foundation for U.S.-ROK Relations”

David C. Kang, Professor of Government, Dartmouth Coll

“Between Kantian Peace and Hobbesian Anarchy:  South Korea’s Vision for Northeast Asia”

Chung-in Moon, Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University, and Ambassador for International Security Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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