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Arms and Allies: Security Cooperation in East Asia

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

Dr. Hyun-Wook Kim, Professor of American Studies, Korea National Diplomatic Academy
Mr. Ankit Panda, Senior Editor, The Diplomat
Ms. Emilia Puma, Foreign Policy Advisor for the US Air Force Chief of Staff

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Cristol, Fellow, World Policy Institute

Welcome remarks from Gheewhan Kim, Consul General for the Republic of Korea in New York.

The recent North Korean missile and nuclear tests have pushed East Asia to the front page of newspapers across the country and around the world. This panel will focus on the constellation of U.S. alliances in East Asia and how these strategic partners work together to combat major regional challenges including the containment of North Korea and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. 

Hyun-Wook Kim is currently Professor at Korea National Diplomatic Academy. His research areas include U.S.-ROK alliance, U.S.-DPRK relations, and Northeast Asian security. He was an advisory member for the National Security Council and the Ministry of Unification, and is now a standing member for the National Unification Advisory Council. He was a visiting scholar at UC San Diego in 2014. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Brown University, and worked at the University of Southern California as a postdoctoral fellow. He received his B.A. from Yonsei University in political science.

Ankit Panda is senior editor at The Diplomat, an editor at the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the New York chapter president for the Center for International Maritime Security. His articles have appeared in publications including: Wall Street Journal; the Financial Times; the Washington Post; Foreign Policy; the National Interest; International Business Times, Newsweek, and Vice, among many others. He provides expert commentary for media outlets including: the BBC; Voice of America; SiriusXM radio; and CGTN. Panda maintains involvement in track-two exchanges in North America, Europe, India, and Japan. He is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Follow him on Twitter: @nktpnd.

Emilia Puma currently serves as the Foreign Policy Advisor for the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, acting as liaison between the State Department and Air Force Leadership. Puma previously served as Public Affairs Officer in Madrid, Spain and acted as Deputy Chief of Mission there for five months. Previous assignments include Office Director for Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) from 2012 to 2014, during which time she also acted as NEA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy for six months. She has held Public Diplomacy assignments in Italy, Kosovo, Canada, Barbados, India, and Honduras. Puma served as U.S. Government Coordinator for the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy (2005- 2006); and as a desk officer for the Balkans in the Office of the Assistance Coordinator (2003-2005). She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; an M.A. from UCLA; and an M.A. from Columbia University. She is a member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister Counselor.

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