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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

Left to right: Roberta Cohen, Patrick Cohen, Kang Choi, and Dan Aum.

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