As the Trump administration nears the end of its first year in office, it is a propitious moment to take stock of the emerging US policy for an uncertain and very dynamic security and economic environment in the Trans-Pacific region. In order to most effectively address the region’s unfolding economic and security challenges and opportunities, the United States should work more closely than ever before with its like-minded allies and partners from both the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic communities to develop common approaches.

A long-time ally of the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK) will be essential for the United States to successfully protect and advance its interests in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. To help achieve these goals, the Atlantic Council and the Korea Foundation have partnered to co-host their inaugural annual forum, “Reimagining the US-Korea Partnership in the Trans-Pacific Century.” This forum will explore how the US-ROK relationship fits into the administration’s emerging strategy toward the Asia Pacific, what the priorities are for the US-ROK security alliance and economic partnership, and what the future holds.

Welcome Remarks

Mr. Frederick Kempe 
President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Ambassador Sihyung Lee
President, Korea Foundation

H.E. Yoon-je Cho
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States

Panel “The Economic-Security Nexus”

The Hon. Stephen Hadley
Former US National Security Adviser
Executive Vice Chair of the Board, Atlantic Council

Dr. Young-kwan Yoon
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea;
Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Seoul National University

The Hon. Paula Dobriansky
Former Under Secretary of StateSenior Fellow, “The Future of Diplomacy Project,” Harvard University JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Board Director, Atlantic Council

Remarks “US Trade with Asia: Opportunities and Challenges in Promoting Free and Fair Trade”

The Hon. Wilbur Ross
US Secretary of Commerce

General James L. Jones, Jr. (Introducer)
Interim Chairman, Atlantic Council

Mr. Frederick Kempe (Moderator)
President and CEO, Atlantic Council

Remarks ” Meeting the Foreign Policy Challenges of 2017 and Beyond”

The Hon. Rex Tillerson
US Secretary of State

The Hon. Stephen Hadley (Introducer & Moderator)
Former US National Security Adviser
Executive Vice Chair of the Board, Atlantic Council

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