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Free and Unified Korea: Options for the New U.S. Administration

 

A “free and unified Korea” policy framework affords a comprehensive, end-game approach to the resolution of long-standing Korean peninsula issues encompassing security and denuclearization, economic prosperity and human rights.

Last October during the U.S. presidential campaign, President Joseph Biden affirmed his objective to “keep pressing toward a denuclearized North Korea and a unified Korean peninsula, while working to reunite Korean-Americans separated from loved ones in North Korea for decades,” as reported by the Korean news agency Yonhap.

What are the best options to advance such a unified Korean peninsula approach with the new U.S. administration that would further a renewed U.S.-ROK alliance? 

This forum, the fourth of an ongoing Forum on One Korea series, examines a Free and Unified Korea Framework from U.S. and ROK national policy, scholarly and civil society perspectives. 

It will be followed by a major global event on August 12-15, 2021 (Korea’s Liberation Day) in Seoul at the Global Peace Convention, and regional convenings in Tokyo, Japan and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.  

Further details will be posted at www.globalpeace.org.

 

SCHEDULE

7:00 – 7:15 PM  Opening (USA)   9:00-9:15 AM Seoul

Emcee:  Richard Lee, President, Alliance for Korea United U.S.A.

  • James P. Flynn, International President, Global Peace Foundation
  • Dr. Jai Poong Ryu, Founder, One Korea Foundation
  • Hon. Sung Joo Han, former ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs; Chairman, Asan Institute for Policy Studies 
  • Dr. Mee-Sook Ku, Vice-Chairwoman of The Geoboong Group, special adviser to Action for Korea United

7:15-8:00 PM Washington / 9:15-10:00 AM Seoul   

US Congressional-ROK National Assembly Roundtable on One Korea

U.S. Congressional leaders

  • Hon. GK Butterfield (D-NC), Deputy Whip, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Rob Wittman (R-VA) U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Young Kim (R-CA), U.S. House of Representatives
  • Hon. Michelle Steel (R-CA), U.S. House of Representatives

Korean National Assembly Members 

  • Hon. Young-Kyo Seo, Democratic Party, Chair, Public Administration and Security Committee
  • Hon. Tae-Yong Cho, ROK National Assembly, Former First Deputy Director of the National Security Council
  • Hon. Jong-Kul Lee, Standing Chairman, Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation

Interlude:   Korean Dream Music Recording by Grammy Award winning producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis with K-Pop Celebrities 
 

8:00 PM Washington / 10:00 AM Seoul   


Free and Unified Korea Policy Forum

Policy Discussion Panel 

Jenny Town, Deputy Director, 38 North, Stimson Center, Moderator

  • Dr. Victor Cha, Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn, President, University of North Korean Studies
  • Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Former Chief Negotiator for the U.S.-DPRK “Agreed Framework,” Georgetown University
  • Ambassador Hong-Kyun Kim, Former ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs
  • Hyun Seung Lee, North Korean defector and independent consultant on North Korea

Question & Answer/Discussion

Special Remarks

  • Dr. Edwin Feulner, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, The Heritage Foundation
  • Dr. Hyun Jin P. Moon, Founder and Chairman, Global Peace Foundation

Conclusion

  • Inteck Seo, President, Global Peace Foundation Korea; Co-President, Action for Korea United 

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Welcoming Remarks

James P. Flynn serves as International President of the Global Peace Foundation. As the executive officer of a global network of chapters, he provides leadership and management for Global Peace Foundation’s diverse portfolio of peacebuilding and international development work. ​His robust leadership is reflected in the planning and convening of Global Peace Leadership Conferences on four continents and in the preeminent Global Peace Convention, as well as in the organization’s branding, educational content, and operational management. Mr. Flynn has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years, and served as an educator, international conflict mediator, interfaith facilitator, and grassroots leader of family strengthening and youth violence prevention programs.

Dr. Jai Poong Ryu is Professor emeritus, Loyola University Maryland. He graduated from Law College at Seoul National University and received a doctorate in sociology from University of Minnesota. Upon 2012 retirement after 42 years of university teaching, Dr. Ryu founded the One Korea Foundation, Inc. (OKF) serving as its president and CEO. The OKF conducts activities with the purpose of informing U.S. public opinion supporting ROK President Park’s Dresden proposals for unification. In early 2015 OKF formed One Korea Coalition (OKC) in partnership with Global Peace Foundation and 600 groups in Korea and the United States. In 2015 for the 70th anniversary commemoration of Korea’s liberation and division, OKC embarked upon One Dream One Korea Campaign to promote the new Declaration for One Korea and the new Song for One Korea.

Hon. Sung Joo Han is former ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman and Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He is a Professor Emeritus at Korea University. Prof. Han previously served as UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, a member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, Chairman of the East Asia Vision Group, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, and Acting President of Korea University. Prof. Han is a graduate of Seoul National University and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1970). Previously, he taught at City University of New York and was a visiting Professor at Columbia University  and Stanford University. 

Dr. Mee-Sook Ku is Vice-Chairwoman of The Geoboong Group and special adviser to Action for Korea United. She is standing member of the National Unification Advisory Council and member of Civic Coordination Committee for Seoul Central District. She is also Director of Board for the Women's Forum for Peace and Diplomacy. She has a PhD in Dentistry from Yonsei University of Dentistry and is an adjunct Professor of Yonsei Dentistry College.

U.S. Congressional Leaders

Hon. G. K. Butterfield represents the First Congressional District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives. as a young adult. He previously was elected as Resident Superior Court judge and presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. He later served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Senior Chief Deputy Whip and is a past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and sits on the Committee on Energy & Commerce and as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy.

Hon. Rob Wittman is a six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving the First Congressional District of Virginia. In the U.S. Congress, he serves on the House Armed Services Committee as Ranking Member of the Seapower and Projection Forces, and on the Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Wittman is also Co-Chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, and previously served as Chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy's Board of Visitors for nine years. Prior to his election to Congress, he spent 26 years in state government. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina.

Hon. Young Kim represents California’s 39th District, which includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties, in the U.S. House of Representatives. An immigrant, small business owner, community leader, and mother, Young is proud to be one of the first Korean-American women ever to serve in Congress. She previously served as Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs for former Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39), where she was a key liaison to 39th District and  advisor on issues pertaining to the Asian-American community and foreign policy. Ms. Kim was the first ever Korean-American Republican woman to serve in the California State Assembly, where she fought to grow jobs , support small businesses, ensure public safety, promote educational opportunities, support veterans, and protect victims of domestic violence.

Hon. Michelle Steel is serving her first term representing California’s 48th District. Born in South Korea and raised in Japan, she is one of the first Korean American women to ever serve in Congress. After seeing how difficult it was for her non-English speaking mother to navigate the tax laws and state regulations, she ran for the State Board of Equalization - the nation’s only elected tax board – where she represented more than nine million residents, including all of Orange County. At the time, she was the highest-ranking Korean American elected official in the United States. She later served her community as Supervisor and Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

 

Korean National Assembly Members

Hon. Young-Kyo Seo is a three-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea from the ruling Democratic Party and currently Chairwoman of the Public Administration and Security Committee at the National Assembly of Republic of Korea. In her distinguished political career, she served as senior Secretary of the Press Center for the Blue House and Press Secretary during working-level talks for the South-North Summit under the Roh Administration. She also served as First Vice-Floor Leader and spokesperson for the Democratic Party and as Co-Campaign Director for the incumbent President Jae-In Moon, and Chair of the National Women’s Committee for the Party. She previously served as Secretary of the Education Committee and the House Steering Committee at the Assembly. She was also member of the National Defense Committee and special Committee on Budget and Accounts.

Hon. Tae-Yong Cho is member of the National Intelligence Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Unification, National Assembly of Korea from the People Power Party. He is deputy-chairman of the 4th Policy Coordination Committee of his political party, an advisor to the Vulnerable Class Committee and the North Korean Human Rights Committee, a member of the Special Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security, and a research committee member of the National Assembly Global Diplomatic and Security Forum.  In addition, he served as 1st Vice-Chief of the Blue House National Security Council, 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, Korean Ambassador to Australia and Korean Ambassador to Ireland. He also served as Director-General for North Korea Nuclear Affairs Bureau and Director-General for North America Affairs Bureau, MOFA.

Hon. Jong-Kul Lee is a former five-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and former floor leader of the Minjoo Party. He is currently the Standing Chairman of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation. He is also President of the Korea-China Cultural Association and also served as Chairman of the Korean Basketball Association and vice-Chairman of Asia Basketball Federation. In his distinguished political Career, he served as Chairman of the Special Committee on Job Creation and Committee of the Education, Science and Technology and Chairman of the Korea Pact on Anti-Corruption & Transparency Committee. He was previously the senior executive of the ruling Uri-Party and currently serves as member of the Defense Committee.

 

Policy Forum

Jenny Town is a Fellow at the Stimson Center and the Deputy Director of Stimson’s 38 North Program. Her expertise is in North Korea, US-DPRK relations, US-ROK alliance and Northeast Asia regional security. Ms. Town is an expert reviewer for Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index, where she previously worked on the Human Rights in North Korea Project. She is an Associate Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Member of the National Committee on North Korea, and an Associate Member of the Council of Korean Americans. From 2008-2018, Ms. Town served as the Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at SAIS.

Dr. Victor Cha is a senior adviser and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. He is professor of government and holds the D.S. Song-KF Chair in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. In July 2019, he was appointed vice dean for faculty and graduate affairs in SFS. He previously served as director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council. At the White House, he was responsible primarily for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia/New Zealand, and Pacific Island nation affairs. Dr. Cha was also the deputy head of delegation for the United States at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing. He is the author of five books, and is currently writing a new book on Korean unification.

Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn is the President of the University of North Korean Studies, a premier institution for research and education of North Korea related issues. Ambassador Ahn used to be the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the United States (2013-17).  He has also served as Deputy Minister for Trade, First Vice Foreign Minister, and Ambassador to the European Union. Ambassador Ahn studied international relations and law at the Seoul National University (BA), the Georgetown University (MS), Korea National Open University (LLB) and the Georgetown Law School (LLM). He received a Ph.D degree (Hon) in political science from the Kyung-Nam University.

Dr. Robert Gallucci is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He previously served as U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Special Envoy for the U.S. Department of State, focused on the non-proliferation of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. He was the chief U.S. negotiator during the North Korean nuclear crisis of 1994 and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs and as Deputy Executive Chairman of the UN Special Commission following the first Gulf War. Upon leaving public service, Ambassador Gallucci served as Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University for 13 years before he became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Ambassador Hong-Kyun Kim is former Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs and Head of Delegation to Six Party Talks of the Republic of Korea. Prior to this position, Ambassador Kim was the Deputy Minister for Political Affairs at the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he was Secretary to the President for Policy Coordination and Deputy Secretary-General of the NSC Secretariat in the Office of National Security. Ambassador Kim is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he completed an M.A. in Foreign Affairs, and Seoul National University where he completed a B.A. in English Language and Literature.

Hyun Seung Lee is a former Deputy General Manager of the Korea Miyang Shipping Corporation (business entity of the DPRK regime). He graduated from China Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, where he was the chairman of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, Dalian China branch. After completing his military service in 2005 with the rank of Sergeant, he was granted membership in the Korean Workers Party. Despite his prestigious  background and elite-level education, a series of brutal purges by Kim Jong Un forced him and his entire family to defect in late 2014, making their way first to South Korea. Subsequently the entire family emigrated to the United States (2016) where Hyun Seung has been engaged with several Washington DC think tanks and NGOs in consulting roles.

 

Special Remarks

Dr. Edwin Feulner is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, America's prestigious public policy institution. He has given essential leadership and policy guidance on conservative principles and values of freedom to leaders in US and across the world. He has also led numerous commissions and distinguished boards, and served as Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.  Dr. Feulner was awarded the Gwanghwa Medal, Order of Diplomatic Service by the President and National Assembly of Korea, and the Presidential Citizen Award of the United States under President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of eight books and contributor to numerous journals and magazines.

Dr. Hyun Jin P. Moon is Founder and Chairman of the Global Peace Foundation  (GPF). A humanitarian and entrepreneurial leader, Dr. Moon founded GPF to promote a compelling vision of peace based on universal principles and shared values by the world’s great religious and cultural traditions. As the founder of Service for Peace and other international service organizations, he is dedicated to empowering leaders through activities that contribute to bringing peace between peoples and nations. He is the author of Korean Dream: A Vision for a Unified Korea,  which has provided a framework for reunification based on historic cultural traditions and values shared by all Koreans.

 

Conclusion

Inteck Seo is the President of Global Peace Foundation Korea and co-Chair of Action for Korea United, a coalition of over 800 NGOs committed to building a grassroots movement to support Korean reunification. Mr. Seo has been involved with the Global Peace Foundation in many of its ground-breaking initiatives to advance awareness and advocacy for Korean reunification and overseas development work. He was instrumental in the launch of the All-Lights Village Project that uses solar powered lanterns to spark community development by setting the grounds of improved literacy, healthy, economic activity and safety.


 

The International Forum on One Korea virtual Zoom forum series convenes prominent scholars, policymakers, journalists, and civil society leaders from Korea and the global community to examine the new circumstances, identify new opportunities and develop a more specific roadmap for a free and unified Korea predicated on the ideals embodied in the ancient Korean ethos of Hongik Ingan – “Living for the Greater Benefit of All Humanity.”

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