9/12 Next Steps in the U.S.-Korea Economic Relations

This event is off the record and closed to media.


The GW Institute for Korean Studies & the East Asia National Resource Center Present:


Korea Policy Forum

“Next Steps in the U.S.-Korea Economic Relations”

Wendy Cutler, ESIA BA ’79
Vice President and Managing Director, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI)


Date & Time
Thursday, September 12, 2019
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Room 505
Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052



Event Description

This year, the uncertainties in the U.S.-Korea trade relations have been significantly mitigated by the implementation of the revised U.S.-Korea FTA. What are the next steps to be discussed to ensure healthy economic relations between the two allies?  In which area can the United States and Korea strengthen their economic cooperation? What are the potential implications of other trade relations in the region, including the ongoing U.S.-China trade negotiations and the recent trade feud between Korea and Japan, for the U.S.-Korea economic relationship and in the context of the global value chains?



Wendy Cutler (ESIA BA ’79) joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as vice president in November 2015. She also serves as the managing director of the Washington D.C. Office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington — strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank — and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Most recently she served as Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, working on a range of U.S. trade negotiations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. In that capacity she was responsible for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, including the bilateral negotiations with Japan. She also was the chief negotiator to the U.S.-Korea (Korus) Free Trade Agreement. Cutler received her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University.



Yonho Kim is Associate Research Professor of Practice and Associate Director of GW Institute for Korean Studies. He specializes in North Korea’s mobile telecommunications and U.S. policy towards North Korea. Kim is the author of North Korea’s Mobile Telecommunications and Private Transportation Services in the Kim Jong-un Era (2019) and Cell Phones in North Korea: Has North Korea Entered the Telecommunications Revolution? (2014). His research findings were covered by various media outlets, including Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Yonhap News, and Libération. Prior to joining GWIKS, he extensively interacted with the Washington policy circle on the Korean peninsula as Senior Researcher of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, Senior Reporter for Voice of America’s Korean Service, and Assistant Director of the Atlantic Council’s Program on Korea in Transition. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University, and an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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