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About the Asan Washington Forum

The Asan Washington Forum is a gathering of leading figures in Korean, American, and East Asian public affairs for a two-day, multi-session conference in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, the Forum seeks to inform the policymaking discourse in the United States and Northeast Asia by bringing fresh insights to some of the most pressing challenges confronting the ROK-US alliance in the twenty-first century.

“The Enduring Alliance: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of ROK-US Relations”

The Republic of Korea and the United States of America share a remarkable history forged over decades of shared struggles and triumphs. The recent visit to the United States by Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye reaffirmed the enduring nature of the relationship and highlighted its continued growth as a comprehensive strategic alliance. The alliance continues to foster conditions for shared prosperity and stability in Asia and throughout the world by serving as a linchpin for peace and security. Bilateral cooperation continues to deepen across a range of fields, with a raft of new agreements promising to unlock untapped economic and social potential.

As the ROK-US alliance faces the future, this year’s forum will reflect on how Korean and American policymakers overcame the hurdles of the past and what they should do to prepare for the challenges of the future. It will ask how we can ensure peace and prosperity for this generation and those to come.