Asan Plenum

Press Release
April 24, 2023
Communications Department

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The Asan Plenum 2023, “Alliance of 70 years and Beyond”

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies ( will host Asan Plenum 2023 on April 25, 2023 (Tue) at the Grand Hyatt Seoul under the theme “Alliance of 70 Years and Beyond.” This year, Asan Plenum will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, reflect on the reasons, realities, and challenges of the alliance in a rapidly changing international environment, and discuss the new role and future of the alliance.

At the Asan Plenum, Honorary Chairman Chung Mong Joon will deliver a welcome speech, and former US National Security Advisor John Bolton is scheduled to give the keynote speech. This will be followed by congratulatory remarks from Jang Hojin, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joy Sakurai, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in South Korea, Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, and John Hamre, President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

The event will be joined by more than 40 other diplomatic and security experts including Edwin Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation; Paul Wolfowitz, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former President of the World Bank; Randall Schriver, former Deputy Secretary of State; Walter Sharp, former Commander of U.S. Forces Korea; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea; Karel De Gucht, former European Commissioner for Trade, Tokuchi Hideshi, President of the Japan Institute for Peace and Security Studies; Jia Qingguo, Professor at Peking University; Georgy Toloraya, Honorary Director of Center of Russian Strategy in Asia, Russian Academy of Sciences.

In sessions, participants will analyze the challenges and opportunities that the alliance system is facing from various perspectives and propose the future development in the context of the rapidly changing international order such as the US-China strategic competition, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the rise of “economic security,” and the North Korean nuclear issue.

* Also note that only members of the media with an official ASAN press badge will be permitted for entry. You should carry your official press badge and/or press credentials and a personal ID with you while on the venue.
* All sessions will be conducted in English with simultaneous Korean interpretation.