Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.
Office of Korean Affairs
US Department of State
Future of the US-ROK Alliance: A View Toward the Coming Presidential Summit
ICAS Spring Symposium: Humanity, Peace and Security
May 21, 2009 Thursday 1:30 PM
- 5:00 PM
Dirksen Office Building Room SD 419
United States Senate
Washington DC 20510
We are pleased to share with you
that Kurt Tong will address "Future of the US-ROK Alliance: A View Toward the Coming
Presidential Summit" at the ICAS Spring Symposium on May 21, 2009 in Washington DC.
Other confirmed speakers include Greg Ip (US Economics Editor for The Economist)
and Rudy deLeon (Senior Vice President, National Security and International Policy,
Center for American Progress).
Kurt Tong is Director of the Office of Korean Affairs
at the Department of State, where he is responsible for the management of U.S. relations
with both South Korea and North Korea. Prior to this assignment, Kurt was Director
for Asian Economic Affairs at the National Security Council from 2006 to 2008. Previously,
he served as Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs at the United States Embassy
in Seoul from 2003 to 2006.
Prior to arriving in Seoul, Kurt was Counselor for
Environment, Science & Health Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 2000 to
2003. He was a First Secretary covering macroeconomics and finance at the U.S. Embassy
Tokyo in Tokyo from 1996 to 1999, and a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University
Faculty of Economics from 1995 to 1996.
Previous Foreign Service experience includes
working in the Office of Japanese Affairs at the State Department in Washington
D.C., and at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Kurt
was an Associate with the Boston Consulting Group, K.K., in Tokyo, Japan.
has a B.A., magna cum laude, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs at Princeton University, and studied graduate-level economics at the U.S.
Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C. He has also studied at the Beijing
Institute of Education, Inter-University Program For Chinese Language Studies in
Taipei, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo, and International
Christian University in Tokyo.
Kurt speaks and reads Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.
He has published articles in Nihon Keizai Kenkyu (an academic journal of the Japan
Center for Economic Research), Foreign Policy, and the Bulletin of Concerned Asian
Scholars (now Critical Asian Studies).
Kurt is the recipient of the 2005 Herbert
Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance, awarded by the
State Department for outstanding contributions in advancing United States international
relations in the economic field. He is married and has three children.
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President