Ambassadors’ Dialogue: The U.S. and Korea

Ambassadors’ Dialogue: The U.S. and Korea

Alexander Vershbow

1.28.2008

Alexander Vershbow

Alexander Vershbow became U.S. ambassador to Korea in 2005. He is a career member of the Foreign Service, and has extensive experience in East-West relations, non-proliferation and European security affairs. He was the treasurer in the State Department, special assistant to the president on national security affairs and senior director for European affairs of the National Security Council under President Clinton. He next became a U.S. Ambassador, then as a Russian specialist he served for four years as the ambassador to the Russian Federation.

In partnership with the Korean Economic Institute, the Clinton School hosts a dialogue between U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Alexander Vershbow and Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Lee Tae-Sik. The two Ambassadors discuss the growing relationship between the two countries by addressing the current security and economic situation on the Korean Peninsula. Ambassador Tae-Sik’s main topic is the Korean and U.S. alliance as one of the most successful alliances in history; he discusses how the overall relationship has developed over the past five decades. Tae-Sik also touches on the most serious challenges, the most treasured opportunities, and how these might be resolved. The alliance has played a pivotal role in maintaining peace and security in the Northeast Asian Region. Vershbow provides his perspective to compliment Ambassador Tae- Sik’s discussion. Vershbow says some of the goals these two countries have been pursuing together for years—and are now within reach—are: peace on the Korean peninsula, a more mature and balanced military partnership, and tariff free trade.