ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

September 16, 2005

Hon Sung Lac Wi
Minister of Political Affairs
Embassy of Republic of Korea
Washington DC

to speak

The Future of Northeast Asia and the United States

ICAS Fall Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
October 11, 2005 Tuesday
United States Senate Russell Office Building Room SR 325
Capitol Hill, Washington D C 20510

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Sung Lac Wi will address "The Future of Northeast Asia and the United States" [The ICAS Lectures No 2005-1011-SLW] at the ICAS Fall Symposium 2005.

Dr Sung Lac Wi is currently the Minister for Political Affairs at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Minister Wi most recently was Senior Policy Coordinator at the National Security Council in Seoul, where he served in coordinating policies between Korea and the United States.

A career diplomat with over 26 years in the Foreign Service, he has assumed many other important posts that directly relate to North American Affairs. His previous assignments included postings as Director-General for the North American Affairs Bureau and Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister. In the Six-Party Talks, Minister Wi served as Deputy Head of Delegation of the ROK. During these talks, he played a key role in generating ROK proposals, including one made jointly with the US at the Third Round of the Six-Party Talks. He also served in Geneva and Moscow during the early years of his career. Arms Control and Human Rights issues were the main concentration of his assignments in Geneva. When in Moscow, Minister Wi worked on Russian domestic situation, ROK-Russian and DPRK-Russian relations.

He completed undergraduate and graduate courses in International Relations from Seoul National University. Minister Wi studied Russian Affairs at the Defense Language Institute (DLI, Pentagon-run school) in Monterey, California and got a Ph.D. from the Institute of International Economics and Political Sciences of Moscow.

He published a book titled "Russia Report" on Russian Domestic and Foreign Policy and was twice awarded by the President and by the Foreign Minister, for contributions to ROK's ‘ Nordpolitik' and for ‘best report' respectively.

Minister Wi is married with two sons.

Admission to this programme is free of charge and open to public. However, seating is limited and pre-registration is advised. Please register on-line at:

Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

ICAS Fellow