Future of Korea to be discussed in Peoria
On Feb. 16, three experts will discuss the “Future of Korea” at the Ivy Club in Peoria.
The panel will address all aspects of U.S. – Korea relations and the situation on the Korean peninsula, including political, economic, and security issues, followed by a question and answer session.
The panelists are Jinwook Kim, counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Gary Childs, consular officer in the Office of Korean Affairs, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; and Sarah K. Yun, director of Public Affairs and Regional Issues at the Korean Economic Institute. The event is sponsored by the Korean Economic Institute and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, South Korea is the fourth largest economy in Asia and remains a leading market for U.S. and Illinois exports. South Korea is already the fifth largest market for U.S. agricultural goods, and fourth for beef exports. For Illinois, nearly 18 percent of the state’s total exports head to South Korea, and that number is likely to rise with the passage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement enacted by both countries just last fall.
The transition in North Korea with the death of Kim Jong Il, and reliance on energy imports from the Middle East are just two areas that challenge relations between the United States and South Korean today.
The opening reception with the panelists begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. at the Ivy Club, 5102 Galena Road in Peoria Heights. The panel discussion will begin at 7 p.m.
Cost is $35 and reservations must be made in advance. Tickets for the program only may be purchased at the door for $15. Contact the Peoria Area World Affairs Council at 677-2454 or www.pawac.org for reservations and questions.