Change and Continuity
South Korean Elections and the Future of U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations
On March 24, 2017, NBR hosted a staff briefing on Change and Continuity: South Korean Elections and the Future of U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations at Rayburn House Office Building.
On March 10, South Korea’s Constitutional Court unanimously upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, putting an official end to the Park administration after months of scandal, uncertainty, and political paralysis. South Korea’s parties are gearing up for a presidential election on May 9, amid increasing tensions throughout the region. This briefing will provide staffers with a preview of the upcoming election for Park’s successor, and outline key factors and interests that could shape the U.S.-South Korean relationship in the areas of security, geopolitics, and human rights during this period of leadership transition in both countries.
Kang Choi, Vice President for Research, Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Roberta Cohen, Co-Chair Emeritus, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security
Dan Aum, Director, Government and Media Relations, The National Bureau of Asian Research