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Enmity, Amity, Comity, Normality, Abnormality: Korea-U.S. Relations in the Post Geun-hye, Post Obama Era

Lecture | March 23 | 12 p.m. | 180 Doe Library


Edward Dong, Former Senior Foreign Service rank of Minister-Counselor, US Department of State

Laura Nelson, UC Berkeley

Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS)


Korea-U.S. relations have historically been fraught, with Korea more often than not part of a sub-issue in broader contexts such as the Cold War in Asia, U.S.-China and U.S.-Japan relations, and global non-proliferation. Even on a bilateral basis, the relationship is often defined by North Korea/military alliance and economic/commercial factors, leading to frictions. In more recent years, the relationship has broadened and diversified stemming in particular from a U.S. appreciation of the consequences of tremendous changes in the Republic of Korea, but the uncertainties stemming from new leadership in Seoul and Washington will have implications for whether the “abnormality” of fraught ties becomes “normality” again.


About Edward Dong

Edward Dong retired from the State Department after a thirty seven year career with the Senior Foreign Service rank of Minister-Counselor. Dong is an expert in East Asian affairs, fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language and well versed in security and economic policy. He spent three tours at Embassy Seoul, and was also the Director of Korean Affairs during Secretary Albright's visit to Pyongyang in October 2000. Dong held Principal Officer positions as the Consul General in Guangzhou, China, the Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan, and the Director of the Japanese Language Field School in Yokohama, Japan. He was also a Member of the Policy Planning Staff for Secretary Christopher and had other tours in Taiwan, Singapore, and Mexico City. Dong has an AB in East Asian Studies, an MA in the Group in Asian Studies, and a JD, all from the University of California at Berkeley.


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