[April 30th, 2019] East Meets South: South Korea – India Relations




The Institute for Korean Studies
The Sejong Society of Washington, D.C.

“East Meets South: The Importance of South Korea – India Relations”

Sumona Guha, Vice President, Albright Stonebridge Group

Date & Time
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Room 602, the Lindner Family Commons,
Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052



Event Topics

1) Assessing the Korea-India Summit
2) Implications of India’s “Act East Policy” and Korea’s “New Southern Policy”
3) Forecasting the Future of South Korea – India Relations


Speaker: Sumona Guha

Sumona Guha is a Vice President at ASG, where she draws on nearly twenty years of experience in Europe and South Asia to advise firm clients on market entry and expansion, including political and regulatory strategies.  During her 18 years in the U.S. government she served in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning office, as well as in U.S. embassies in Moscow and Paris. She also served as Senior Director at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), where she focused on infrastructure, energy, and manufacturing and launched an Indo-Pacific initiative to promote economic connectivity across the region. While at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Guha spent four years on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff with responsibility for South Asia, and was a Senior Advisor and Deputy Director for Afghanistan Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to that, Ms. Guha served in the White House as Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the Vice President.  Ms. Guha also served in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs as a Special Assistant for Europe and Eurasia. She spent a year as a Pearson Foreign Affairs Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Earlier in her State Department career, Ms. Guha served as an economist in the Office of Russian Affairs; Watch Officer at the Operations Center; Political Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris; and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Ms. Guha received her an M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University.


Moderator: Garrett J. R. Redfield

Garrett Redfield is the Programming Director of the Sejong Society and Asia-Pacific Analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses, specializing in Korean Peninsula affairs. He is a Korean American adoptee who has spent extensive time working, living, and studying in Korea. Previously, he worked for the U.S. Department of State supporting interagency counterterrorism exercises. He has a Master of International Affairs degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and is proficient in Korean. 



This event is on the record and open to the media.

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