U.S. Ambassador's Dialogue

A Discussion with US Ambassador to the ROK Sung Kim and ROK Ambassador to the U.S. Choi Young-Jin 

(Co-hosted with the Korea Economic Institute)

Date: October 24, 2012

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Board Room, Davidson Conference Center
3415 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0871
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USC's Korean Studies Institute is proud to welcome the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Ambassador's Dialogue. Each year, the United States Ambassador to Korea and the Korean Ambassador to the United States tour the U.S. and engage in public fora in which they address the current security and economic situation on the Korean peninsula and the state of U.S.-Korean relations. 
This year, U.S. Ambassador to the ROK Sung Kim, and ROK Ambassador to the United State Choi Young-jin will present their views to USC and the larger Los Angeles community. 

Sung Kim

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Sung Kim is the Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Korea. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 27, 2011, and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 13, 2011.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Kim was the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of Ambassador. Before that, he headed the Office of Korean Affairs at the Department of State from August 2006 to July 2008. Ambassador Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles where he attended middle school and high school. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics.

Choi Young-Jin

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The key U.S. Asian ally of South Korea has named a new ambassador to the United States who has served before in the U.S. Born March 29, 1948, Choi Young-jin earned a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, in March 1973, and later earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Political Science at the University of Paris I, in 1980 and 1985, respectively. Before earning his undergraduate degree, Choi studied medicine at the Severance Medical College in South Korea for four years. Choi has written numerous articles and books, including L’Asie de l’Est et le Rapprochement Sino-Américain (East Asia and the China-U.S. rapprochement) (1987) and East and West: Understanding the Rise of China (2010). Choi is married and has two sons.

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