Revisiting the Original Purpose of the ROK-U.S. Alliance

Song Min-soon, Korean National Assembly Member; former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

RSVP required by 5PM October 12

Song Min-soon will discuss the role of the ROK-U.S. alliance in addressing the North Korean nuclear issue and promoting security cooperation in Northeast Asia. He will share his views on the need for the ROK-U.S. alliance to employ strategic approaches in dealing with the North Korean nuclear problem, including ways to engage China and North Korea. In addition, Song will present his thoughts on why it is essential for the ROK-U.S. alliance to come up with a vision for the future of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia that can be shared by countries in the region.

Song Min-soon, a former career diplomat, was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the administration of President Roh Moo-Hyun and prior to that his National Security Advisor. Song was chief negotiator in the Six Party Talks when the September 19 Joint Statement was adopted in 2005. He participated in the Korean Peace Talks in Geneva as well as the inter-Korean Defense Ministers’ Talks, both in the late 1990s. Song negotiated numerous ROK-U.S. bilateral issues, including a revision of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Song was elected to the National Assembly in June 2008 and currently serves on the Foreign Affairs, Trade & Unification Committee. He has a BA in German literature from Seoul National University.

Monday, October 18, 2010 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor