Monday, March 8, 2021,
an ASA Great Decisions Webinar*
“The Two Koreas” is the first of five weekly foreign policy discussions from the series, “Great Decisions 2021.” The discussion materials, including both videos and summary essays by experts in the field, are prepared by the non-partisan Foreign Policy Association and sponsored locally by the Arizona Senior Academy. This is an annual series in which groups around the country study and discuss materials on topics of broad foreign policy interest.
This program takes up the rapid development of South Korea after the Korean War and its present situation as the 12th-largest economy in the world. The program covers its economic relations with the US, especially the US-South Korea free trade agreement, then looks at South Korea’s more general relations with the US as well as with China and North Korea. Finally it considers in particular how these relations have been changing, with special attention to how the US under President Trump wanted South Korea to pay more for the US military presence in South Korea. What are the ramifications of this demand? How are they related to the US concerns with North Korea’s nuclear development program?
An Academy Village resident, Andy was born in Port Huron, Michigan. He received the BS degree from the University of Toledo and in 1964 earned a PhD in Zoology from University of Michigan based on studies on the biomass of zooplankton in the North Sea and North Atlantic conducted while on fellowship at Scottish Marine Biological Association, Edinburgh. After teaching at the University of Oklahoma, he joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), conducting research and managing programs on the Great Lakes. He managed marine pollution research and monitoring programs for NOAA from 1981until his retirement in 2002.
Edited by Suzanne Ferguson, Academy Village Volunteer