Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Hon Sung Lac Wi
Minister of Political Affairs
Embassy of Republic of Korea
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
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
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
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President