JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum 2022 on the Korea-U.S. Alliance in Turbulent Times

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JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum 2022 on the Korea-U.S. Alliance in Turbulent TimesThe JoongAng Ilbo will hold its annual international symposium, the JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum 2022, with the Washington-based foreign policy think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Korea Peace Foundation and JTBC in Seoul on Dec. 1.Little progress has been made toward denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula amid the complicated international situation, including the U.S.-China hegemonic competition and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rather, North Korea has made a series of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) provocations and nuclear threats. The United States recently held its midterm elections, which will affect the future policy direction of the Joe Biden administration.The theme of this year’s forum is, "The Alliance in Turbulent Times." U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will give a keynote speech by video from the White House. Experts from Korea and the United States will take part in the forum in person for the first time in three years to diagnose the current situation and suggest future policy directions.The three sessions are: "U.S. Asia Policy After the Midterm Election," "Korea After the Seventh Nuclear Test," and "Economic Security and the China Challenge.
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