The United States and the Two Koreas in the Trump Era

Hosted by The Catholic University of America Department of Politics, in collaboration with the Asian Studies Program and the Center for the Study of Statesmanship.

“Distinguished Speaker: Ambassador Kathleen Stephens (ret), with opening remarks from Catholic University President John Garvey, and Minister of Public Diplomacy of the ROK Embassy, Joonho Cheon

Ambassador Stephens will review an eventful year on the Korean peninsula and in U.S.-Korea relations, which began with high tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program, and pivoted to an unprecedented pace of diplomatic engagement. Where are we as the year ends, and what are the prospects for progress toward denuclearization and peace? A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.

Ambassador (retired) Kathleen Stephens is currently the President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute. As a career diplomat in the State Department, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008-2011, the first woman and first Korean-speaker to serve in that position. Other overseas assignments included postings to China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, and India. Ambassador Stephens also served in a number of policy positions including acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2012), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-2007), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2003-2005), and National Security Council Director for European Affairs at the Clinton White House.

Sponsored by The Catholic University of America Department of Politics and in collaboration with the Asian Studies Program and the Center for the Study of Statesmanship.

The John Oh Memorial Lecture was established with generous support from the Oh family in honor of Dr. John K.C. Oh, vice president of the Catholic University of America (1985-1989) and the Banigan Scholar Emeritus Professor in the Department of Politics.”

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