The U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Where do we go from here?

The American flag and the South Korean flag on blue sky, photo by ByoungJoo/Getty Images

Photo by ByoungJoo/Getty Images


Monday, November 18, 2019


4:00 p.m. – Program
6:30 p.m. – Dinner


RAND Corporation
The Forum
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

About the Program

The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy invites you to a seminar on November 18.

Theme: A global economic slowdown, the continuing U.S.-China trade war, domestic politics in America and East Asia, stalled negotiations with North Korea, and souring South Korea-Japan relations pose challenges for the U.S.-South Korea alliance. This seminar will feature experts who will discuss the state of the alliance and options to address these challenges.

This event is sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Los Angeles.

To Attend This Event

Registration for this event has reached capacity. With questions, contact Clare McCaffrey at

Seminar Agenda

4:00 p.m.
  • Rafiq Dossani, Director, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy
  • Consul General Wan Joong Kim

Session 1: Political and Security Challenges Facing the Alliance

4:10 p.m.
Topic Introduction
4:15 p.m.
William Owens, CAPP Advisory Board member; former vice-chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
4:25 p.m.
David Straub, former director of Korean affairs, U.S. Department of State
4:35 p.m.
Panel Discussion
  • Joined by Bruce Bennett, senior international researcher, RAND Corporation
4:55 p.m.
Audience Q&A
5:05 p.m.
Wrap-up and Session Changeover

Session 2: Economic Challenges of the Region

5:05 p.m.
Topic Introduction
  • Rafiq Dossani, director, the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy
5:10 p.m.
William Overholt, senior research fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
5:20 p.m.
Gene Park, associate professor of political science, Loyola Marymount University
5:30 p.m.
Troy Stangarone, senior director and fellow, Korea Economic Institute
5:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion
6:00 p.m.
Audience Q&A
6:10 p.m.
Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
6:30 p.m.