What Will it Take to Stabilize the Korean Peninsula?

More than 70 years since the Korean War began, the Korean Peninsula technically remains in a state of war. Why is that? And how can the United States help usher in a more stable, less militarized Korean Peninsula? Join us on Monday, February 22 at 9:00 AM EST / 11:00 PM KST for a discussion on ways to stabilize the Korean Peninsula, drawing on the Quincy Institute’s recently released East Asia strategy report. The panel will explore a US strategy toward the Korean Peninsula that is based on peace and phased denuclearization with respect to North Korea, and one that takes into account the long-term interest of the United States in a strong and stable Korean Peninsula free from foreign military forces. The discussion will feature Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33), Sejong Institute’s Chung-in Moon, and QI’s Jessica Lee. QI’s Michael Swaine will provide opening remarks. John Delury of Yonsei University will moderate.


Rep. Ted Lieu

Ted W. Lieu represents California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Rep. Lieu is serving in his third term in Congress and currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also elected by his Democratic Colleagues to serve as a Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

Rep. Lieu is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base. In Congress, Rep. Lieu has established himself as a leader on the environment; cybersecurity; civil liberties; government ethics and veterans. He also serves as Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.

Chung-in Moon

Dr. Chung-in Moon is Chairman of The Sejong Institute and a Distinguished University Professor of Yonsei University in South Korea. Previously, Dr. Moon served as Special Advisor to President Moon Jae-in for National Security and Foreign Affairs from 2017-2021.

A prolific scholar and author or editor of over 50 books, Dr. Moon is known for his pioneering work on South Korea’s political economy and his early and influential defense of the strategy of engagement with North Korea. He attended all four North-South Korean summits in 2000, 2007, 2018 as a special delegate, and served as chair of the Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative (a cabinet-level post) under the Roh Moo Hyun administration. Dr. Moon earned his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Maryland.

Jessica J. Lee

Jessica J. Lee is a Senior Research Fellow in the East Asia Program at the Quincy Institute. Her research focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific region, with an emphasis on alliances and North Korea. Previously, Jessica led the Council of Korean Americans. Prior to CKA, Jessica was a Resident Fellow at the Pacific Forum in Honolulu. Previously, Jessica was a senior manager at The Asia Group, LLC, a strategy and capital advisory firm. She began her career on Capitol Hill, first as a professional staff member handling the Asia region for the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and then as a senior legislative assistant on international security and trade for a member of Congress on the Ways and Means Committee. Jessica holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and an A.M. in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University.

John Delury (Moderator)

John Delury is Professor of Chinese Studies at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, where he serves as chair of the Program in International Cooperation. He is also chair of the undergraduate Program in International Studies at Yonsei’s Underwood International College, and founding director of the Yonsei Center on Oceania Studies. Dr. Delury is the author, with Orville Schell, of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-first Century, and is writing a book about US-China relations in the early Cold War. Dr. Delury is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, National Committee on US-China Relations, and National Committee on North Korea; he is also Pacific Century Institute board member, Asia Society senior fellow, National Committee on American Foreign Policy leadership council member, and CSIS adjunct fellow.