Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council

The Future Of U.S.-Korea Relations

Aug 22, 2017

Starting in the 1960s, South Korea began its transformation into an industrial powerhouse with a highly skilled workforce. Its population more than doubled between the time the Korean War ended in 1953 and the start of the 21st century. Today this country of 51 million people is thriving, despite decades of tension with North Korea. 


Jack Matlock was U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991. During a Foreign Service career that spanned 35 years, he served four tours in Moscow and several years in Washington dealing with Soviet and European affairs. Since retiring, he’s held several academic positions, most recently with Duke University (Rubenstein Fellow, 2015-2017).


Gordon Gray has held many foreign assignments during his career with the U.S. government, including serving as Ambassador to Tunisia from 2009 - 2012.

Many businesses today compete not just with companies in the same city, but with international firms as well. And it’'s not just our economy that has gone global. More and more, what happens in one country impacts events and policies in other countries. The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council’'s mission is to prepare our region to thrive in today’'s global environment by promoting international understanding, education, engagement, and cooperation. Joining us to discuss the work of the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council are Executive Director Michelle Harpenau, Director of Global Education Katie Krafka, and board member, John Pinney, an attorney with Graydon Head & Ritchey, LLP.