CSIS Korea Chair Victor Cha took the time earlier this week to talk about the circumstances of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak’s upcoming State Visit to the United States. President Lee will be the first ROK leader since Kim Dae-Jung in 2001 to travel to Washington for such a visit, and Dr. Cha explains why President Obama has come to regard Korea as a unique ally not just in Asia but on the global stage. Watch below as he discusses with CSIS’s Andrew Schwartz how the long delayed KORUS FTA remains the focus of both leaders, viewed as essential to elevating the U.S.-ROK relationship.
Dr. Victor Cha is senior adviser and Korea Chair at CSIS. He is also a professor of government and director for Asian studies at Georgetown University.