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FPI Hill Briefing: South Korea Responds to Crisis

Hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI)
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Cannon House Office Building
Room 340

In response to an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) that had stricken more than 100 citizens and resulted in the quarantine of thousands more, South Korean President Park Geun-hye had postponed her planned visit to Washington, D.C. As President Park mobilized her government, FPI hosted an off-the-record discussion of how South Korea has responded to the regional and national challenges that Seoul has faced in recent years. What lessons can be drawn from these experiences – ranging from the economic crisis in the late 1990s, to North Korean military provocations, to domestic crises – to strengthen the U.S.-South Korean alliance?


Expert Panel:
Victor Cha
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Scott A. Snyder
Council on Foreign Relations

Woo Jung-Yeop
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies


Moderated by:
Christopher J. Griffin
Foreign Policy Initiative


About Experts

Woo Jung-Yeop
Woo Jung-Yeop

Research Fellow

Dr. Woo Jung-Yeop is a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Woo was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California and also an Associate Analyst for Gallup Korea and the Korea Research Company. Dr. Woo’s research focuses on foreign military intervention in civil wars and the relationship between foreign policy-making and public opinion. Dr. Woo received a B.A. from Seoul National University, M.P.P. from Georgetown University, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.