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Building on the Momentum for the Korean Peninsula

The Korean Peninsula is at a critical and dynamic turning point with important implications for the United States and the Asian Pacific region. Ambassador Yang's speech will cover the strategic, political and economic aspects of relinking the inter-Korean railroad tracks and roads across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and of resuming U.S.-North Korea and Japan-North Korea dialogues. His Excellency Sung Chul Yang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, is a well-known political scientist and author with a long and distinguished career in academia and politics. From 1996 to the time of his posting in Washington, Ambassador Yang was a member of the Korean National Assembly, during which time he served as Vice Chair of the Unification and Foreign Affairs Committee. He also served as Chairman of the International Cooperation Committee for a major political party (The National Congress for New Politics). Outside of the National Assembly, Ambassador Yang has been involved in government and politics for many years. He served as the Secretary-General of the Association of Korean Political Scientists in North America and as President of the Korean Association of International Studies. He has been a member of the Advisory Committees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Defense, and the National Unification Board. In addition to his involvement in government, Ambassador Yang has had a successful career in academia. He taught at several universities, including the University of Kentucky and Indiana University in the U.S. and Kyung Hee University and Seoul National University in Korea. Ambassador Yang received his doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky (1970), an M.A. from the University of Hawaii (1967) and a B.A. from Seoul National University (1964). He is the author of several books on Korean issues, including The North and South Korean Political Systems: A Comparative Analysis (Westview,1994). Ambassador Yang's lecture is sponsored by The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.