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Opportunities for U.S.-ROK Alliance Cooperation: New Issues on the Agenda

Event: October 8, 2009, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

9:00 – 11:30 am

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Room (Lobby Level)

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW

The Asia Foundation’s Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies present:

Opportunities for U.S.-ROK Alliance Cooperation: New Issues on the Agenda

The “Joint Vision for the Alliance of the United States of America and the Republic of Korea,” released by Presidents Barack Obama and Lee Myung-bak on June 16, 2009, forged a new agenda for the U.S.-ROK alliance extending to cooperation on common challenges beyond traditional security. This seminar will assess the opportunities for expanding the U.S.-ROK alliance partnership on such newly-emerging issues as pandemics, counter-terrorism, and space cooperation. Speakers include James L. Schoff, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis; Kevin Shepard, Kyungnam University; and Clay Moltz, Naval Postgraduate School. Seongho Sheen, visiting fellow in Brookings’s Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS), will serve as discussant. The program will be moderated by Richard Bush, senior fellow and CNAPS director. Please reply to [email protected] to register for this event.


Richard Bush, The Brookings Institution

Scott Snyder, The Asia Foundation


Cooperation on Pandemics and Biological Threats (download abstract)

James L. Schoff, Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis

Counter-terrorism Cooperation (download abstract)

Kevin Shepard, Kyungnam University

Prospects for Enhancing Space Cooperation (download abstract)

Clay Moltz, Naval Postgraduate School

Discussant: Seongho Sheen, The Brookings Institution

Moderator: Richard Bush, The Brookings Institution

About the Speakers:

Clay Moltz joined the National Security Affairs faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in June 2007. Since November 2008, he has held a joint appointment with the Space Systems Academic Group at NPS. Dr. Moltz is author of The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests (2008) and co-author of Nuclear Weapons and Nonproliferation (2008, 2nd ed.). He received his Ph. D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies and a B.A. in International Relations (with Distinction) from Stanford University.

James L. Schoff is Associate Director of Asia-Pacific Studies at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, where he specializes in East Asian security and non-proliferation issues, U.S. alliance relations in the region, and international crisis management. Mr. Schoff is author of The Pandemic Influenza Challenge: Multilateral Perspectives on Preparedness, Response Planning, & Areas for Cooperation (2007, co-author) and Alliance Diversification and the Future of the U.S.-Korean Security Relationship (2004, co-author), among other publications. He graduated from Duke University and earned an M.A. in international relations at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

Kevin Shepard is currently affiliated with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University, and recently joined Hawaii-based Pacific Forum CSIS as James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellow. Dr. Shepard has written a number of articles on North Korean political issues and co-authored a chapter on North Korean corporate governance for the book The Dynamics of Change in North Korea (2009). He holds a Ph.D. in North Korean Politics and Unification Policies from Kyungnam University and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from Sydney University.

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