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U.S.-Korean Peninsula Relations at a Crossroad: Summits, nuclear weapons, and the future of alliances

  • 2200 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Friday, June 15, 2018
11:30am – 12:50 pm
2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Light lunch will be served


Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association

Heung-kyu Kim, Associate Professor, Ajou University
Visiting Researcher, Georgetown University

Francisco Bencosme
Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager, Amnesty International USA

Third speaker to be announced

Alison Szalwinski
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Please join the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association (FACSA), Korea Foundation, and The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) for an informational briefing on U.S. relations with North Korea and South Korea. The discussion follows on the heels of what is likely to be a historic summit on June between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un.

Pursuant to any summit deal, careful consideration of the security, economic, and human rights implications of the agreement will be required. The United States is also balancing the goals and needs of South Korea, a key ally in the region. Our expert panelists will provide a brief overview of the importance of and challenges for these relationships, an update on the state of relations between Washington and Pyongyang, and a look at what role Congress can play in managing a successful relationship with both Koreas.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Heung-kyu Kim is currently a visiting researcher at Georgetown University (until August 2018). He is a founder of the China Policy Institute and a professor in the department of political science at Ajou University in South Korea. He served as a board member of several governmental institutions including the Presidential Commission on Policy-Planning and the National Security Council. Kim has written more than 300 articles, books, and policy papers regarding Chinese politics and foreign policy, and security issues in Northeast Asia. He was awarded the NEAR Foundation Academic prize of the year in Foreign Policy and Security in 2014. Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Francisco Bencosme is the Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager at Amnesty International USA. Previously, he was a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he assisted Democratic Senators on issues related to East Asia/Pacific, South Asia, and State Department/USAID oversight. He also served as the President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association and as a board member of the Foreign Affairs Congressional Staff Association.


Mr. Bencosme has a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a graduate certificate from the USAF Air University, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Alison Szalwinski is Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, where she directs program management and project development. In addition, she serves as project lead for several NBR initiatives, including NBR’s flagship Strategic Asia Program; the U.S.-Korea Next Generation Leaders Program; and the People’s Liberation Army Conference.

She is the author of numerous articles and reports and co-editor of Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific (2017), Strategic Asia 2016–17: Understanding Strategic Culture in the Asia-Pacific (2016), and Strategic Asia 2015–16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific (2015). Prior to joining NBR, Szalwinski worked at the U.S. Department of State and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.