Korea: Two Ambassadors, Two Perspectives

at the Commonwealth Club, March 21, 2019

Ploughshares Fund Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Philip Yun recently had a chance to moderate a discussion at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco — a rare visit with the US and South Korean Ambassadors. The two ambassadors discussed the economic and political relationship between the United States and South Korea and the outlook for diplomacy with North Korea and the entire region.

Ploughshares Fund urges President Trump and US lawmakers to seize a new opportunity to meaningfully advance the denuclearization of North Korea and build lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Enjoy the video on the important subject of the US-ROK alliance. 

  • On August 30, 2017, Cho Yoon-je was nominated as the Republic of Korea’s ambassador to the United States by President Moon Jae-in. Cho was part of the emeritus faculty at Sogang University’s Graduate School of International Studies. He completed both a master’s and doctorate in economics at Stanford University.
  • Harry B. Harris Jr. was sworn in as US ambassador to the Republic of Korea on June 29, 2018. Prior to his nomination, Harris was an admiral in the US Navy, serving as commander. US Pacific Commander Harris graduated from the Naval Academy and went on to receive an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an MA from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. From January 2017 until April 2018, he was the US Navy’s longest-serving Naval Academy graduate still on active duty.

Philip Yun, the moderator, is Executive Director of Ploughshares Fund and a former senior advisor for East Asian and Pacific affairs, US State Department under President Clinton.

Read the article on the Commonwealth Club website

Watch "Korea: 2 Ambassadors, 2 Perspectives" held on March 21, 2019 @cwclub.

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