The Future of Korea
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Dec , 4, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Pinery at the Hill


The U.S. – Republic of Korea (ROK) Alliance has served as a lynch pin for East Asian security for over 60 years.

Although various challenges continue to test the alliance, the alliance is evolving to meet challenges by re-configuring the U.S. footprint on the peninsula and enhancing ROK capabilities.  Changes in the political landscape in the U.S. and ROK have not altered common goals of denuclearizing the peninsula.

In addition, the Pyeongchang Olympics were a success for the ROK. The participation of athletes from North Korea and attendance of high ranking North Korean officials sparks hope for greater inter-Korean dialogue.

Join us for a moderated panel discussion to explore these and other issues related to the the ROK.

Registration Deadline:  Friday, November 30

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

11:30 – 12:15 Registration and Luncheon

12:15 – 1:30 Program and Q&A


Pinery at the Hill

775 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs

(free parking)


Kyung Jin Park.  After serving the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in assignments to China and India, he has since February 2017 served as First Secretary to the Korean Embassy in the United States.  He holds a B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, an M.A. in Foreign Relations from the China Foreign Affairs University, and an M.A. in Nonproliferation and Disarmament, Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Sean Thompson is the Political-Military Officer for the State Department’s Office of Korean Affairs.  Prior to that he was the Fraud Prevention Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Shenyang, China where he covered China-North Korea border issues and the large ethnic Korean diaspora in Northeast China.  His first tour was at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam where he covered environment, science, technology, health, and infrastructure issues as an Economic Officer.  He has studied Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Vietnamese.  He hails from Seattle and attended the University of Washington.  He loves his dog, basketball, and his Foreign Service tandem wife, but not in that order
Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, D.C. He retired as a U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in September 2014 after a 38-year career. His last posting was as Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London. Previously he had served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassies in Seoul, Republic of Korea; Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and Reykjavik, Iceland. Among his other postings were two tours at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at Embassy London, and Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in the Hague. He also served as Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office (ITAO) in Baghdad from 2007-2008.

Schuyler Foerster is founding principal of CGST Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in national security policy and civic education.  Currently a visiting professor at Colorado College, he served from 2010-2016 as the Brent Scowcroft Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy and, in Spring 2017, as the Fulbright Commission’s Distinguished Chair in Social Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.  During his 26-year Air Force career, he served as a senior advisor in security and arms control policy and as an intelligence officer.  For 12 years, he was President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh before returning to Colorado, where he has continued to serve as volunteer president for the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council as well as serving on the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America.  He has published widely and regularly addresses academic, professional, and civic audiences on international politics and security issues—including several world affairs councils—and has received numerous military and civic awards, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  A graduate of the USAF Academy, he holds a doctorate from Oxford University in politics as well as masters degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the American University, and served as a national security fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

KEI’s Future of Korea is an outreach program that strengthens interest in U.S.-Korea relations with community members, scholars, and students outside of the DC metropolitan area. KEI hosts a series of six to ten programs annually with leading local World Affairs Councils throughout the United States.

KEI is the premier U.S. think tank and public outreach organization solely dedicated to helping Americans understand the breadth and importance of our relations with the Republic of Korea.  Through its publications, social media, programs, and public events, KEI seeks to advance scholarship and understanding of Korea in ways that will inform policy-makers and the American public of the security, economic, and political implications of our connections to the Korean Peninsula.


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