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Ongoing Project
New Beginnings: Post-Election Prospects for U.S.-ROK Relations


(L-R) Michael Armacost, Thomas Hubbard, Evans Revere, Gi-Wook Shin, David Straub at the Korea Society in New York on April 15, 2008


Evans J.R. Revere
Principal Investigator
The Korea Society
Principal Investigator
Stanford University
Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Sociology
Charles L. Pritchard
The Korea Economic Institute
Don Oberdorfer
Johns Hopkins University
Victor Cha
Georgetown University
Robert Carlin
APARC, Stanford University
Stephen W. Bosworth
Harvard University
Shorenstein APARC, Stanford University
Shorenstein APARC Distinguished Fellow
Thomas C. Hubbard
McLarty Associates
Stanford University
Associate Director for Research
Korean Studies Program, Stanford University
Associate Director, Korea Program

The New York-based Korea Society and Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center launched the nonpartisan "New Beginnings" policy study group on January 10, 2008, to offer recommendations on how U.S. policymakers could expand and strengthen the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea). Composed of former senior U.S. government officials, scholars, and other American experts on U.S.-Korean relations, the New Beginnings project team premised its efforts on the belief that the inauguration of a new South Korean president in February 2008 and a new American president in January 2009 would provide a special opportunity for the two countries to increase mutual understanding and transform the alliance into a global partnership. In a coincidence occurring only once every twenty years, the two new presidents' terms of office would overlap for a full four years. Moreover, the alliance needed renewal and revitalization after a decade of strain and tension that arose from divergent worldviews of progressive governments in Seoul and a conservative administration in Washington.

Since its establishment, the New Beginnings policy study group has issued a report to the U.S. administration each year. New Beginnings' reports and recommendations reflect insights gained from group conferences as well as individual members' continuing engagement with U.S.-Korean affairs.

October 30, 2012

Thomas C. Hubbard, former American ambassador to the Republic of Korea and a member of the Shorenstein APARC-Korea Society led New Beginnings initiative to strengthen U.S.-South Korean ties, offers advice for getting the bilateral relationship off to a good start after the upcoming presidential elections in the United States and South Korea. Click here for his comments.