SECWAC Event: ''Future of Korea 2017'' May 9

The World Affairs Councils of America has selected SECWAC as one of only six councils nationwide to host The Future of Korea – 2017 panel.  This panel discussion comes at a pivotal time for both the USA and its long-term ally, the Republic of Korea.  Saber rattling from the North, new administrations in both countries by this meeting, and possible trade issues are among key challenges for South Korea’s new administration. We hope you can join us for this special meeting.

When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 5:00pm reception, 5:30pm presentation
Where: Old Lyme Middle School auditorium, 53 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT
The Topic: Future of Korea 2017
Presenters: The three panelists represent independent organizations and could have differing perspectives on the overriding issues.  
  • Will Cobb is with the US Department of State and will discuss US/Korean relations under the Trump Administration and Korea’s about-to-be-elected leadership.  
  • Jang Hyun Kim is with the Embassy of Republic of Korea in the United States. With a background in trade, Mr. Kim will discuss ongoing trade relations with the U.S., and Korean medical delivery advances. 
  • Mark Tokola is with the Korea Economic Institute of America. He’ll share his views on ongoing threats from North Korea and challenges facing the new South Korean administration.

Dinner: Following the presentation, join panelists, guests, and members for a delicious meal at Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme. $35/person.

A reservation is required by Friday, May 5 to attend the dinner. Cancellations for dinner are also due by this date, or patrons will be charged.  Please fill out section two of the registration form, or call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

Learn more about our 2017 season programs at

Pre-Registration Required

Space is limited at this special presentation - registration is required in advance via the online form above, or by calling 860-388-9241.

This presentation only: Free and open to the public, availability based on pre-registration. $35 per person to attend dinner following the event. See normal membership pricing below.

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