ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

October 12, 2005

The Future of Northeast Asia and the Role of the United States

presented by
Hon Sung Lac Wi
Minister for Political Affairs
Embassy of The Republic of Korea
Washington, DC 20008

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Hon Sung Lac Wi presented yesterday "The Future of Northeast Asia and the Role of the United States" at the ICAS Fall 2005 Symposium 2005 which was held at the United States Senate Russell Office Building Caucus Room SR 325, Capitol Hill, Washington DC.

Minister Wi concluded in his ICAS Lectures [ICAS Lectures No 2005-1011-SLW] that
"we are in a unique position to seize the momentum and opportunities to ensure peace and prosperity for another 50 years and even beyond if we act to bring together Northeast Asia. I have laid out the historical necessities we must bear in mind and the path I think we should strive for in the future. South Korea, which has emerged as a non-threatening mid level power, also has a role to play in this future vision. South Korea counts the US as her vital ally, Japan as a strong partner and is developing cooperative ties with China and Russia. Relations with North Korea are improving. South Korea is in a good position to facilitate the process that will lead to integration. Moreover, we hope this integration will form a favorable environment for our national goal of reunification too."

A full text of his speech may be found in the ICAS website:


Thank you.

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

ICAS Fellow