THE FUTURE OF KOREA – 2017

WATERFORD, CT, APRIL 23, 2017 – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC)
announced today that The World Affairs Councils of America has selected SECWAC as one of only
six councils nationwide to host The Future of Korea – 2017 panel. This panel discussion comes at a
pivotal time for both the USA and its long-term ally, the Republic of Korea. Saber rattling from
North Korea, issues confronting what will be a newly elected President and possible trade issues
will be key challenges facing South Korea. This panel discussion followed by Q&A will be held at the
Lyme Old Lyme Middle School on Tuesday, May 9, at 5:30 pm.
The three panelists represent independent organizations and could have differing perspectives on
the overriding issues. Will Cobb is with the US Department of State and will discuss US/Korean
relations under the Trump Administration and . Jang Hyun Kim is with the Embassy of Republic of
Korea in the United States; with a background in trade, Mr. Kim will discuss ongoing trade relations
with the US, and Korean medical delivery advances. Mark Tokola is with the Korea Economic
Institute of America. He’ll share his views on ongoing threats from North Korea and challenges
facing the new South Korean administration.
This Special Event is open to the general public; RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED call 860-912-
5718 or email info@secwac.org. The panel discussion takes place at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, May 9, at
the Lyme Old Lyme Middle School; and will be preceded by a 5:00 pm reception.
The moderator for the discussion will be Andreas (Andy) Mink, a SECWAC Director and journalist.

The Panel will be comprised of the following Korea experts:
Will Cobb is the Chief of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Office in the Office of Korean Affairs at the US
Department of State. Prior to taking this assignment, Mr. Cobb served as the Special Assistant to the
Secretary of State John Kerry. His overseas assignments include Mexico (2008-2010), Nicaragua
(2010-2012), and Colombia (2013-2015). In addition, his Washington assignments have included
Watch Officer at the Operations Center. Mr. Cobb has also spent 7 years as a business consultant
with Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton. He attended the US Coast Guard Academy, and obtained an
MBA degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jang Hyun Kim is a Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States. Prior
to that, he was Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Egypt, and Director in the
Multilateral Trade Cooperation Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ROK; he has
also served in the North American and European Union Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade. He holds a BA degree in Anthropology from Seoul National University
Mark Tokola is Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America in Washington, DC. He
retired as a US Foreign Service Officer in 2014 with the rank of Minister-Counselor, his last post
being at the US Embassy in London. Previously he had served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the
American Embassies in Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and Iceland. Among his other postings were
two tours at the US Mission to the European Union in Brussels, the US Embassy in London and The
Hague. He also served as Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office in Baghdad in 2007-2008.
He received the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on implementing the
Dayton Peace Accord while serving as political Counselor in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovia, from
1997 to 1999. Mr. Tokola holds a BA in International Relations from Pomona College, Claremont,
CA, and an LLM in European Community Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The presentation is a special event in addition to the SECWAC Speaker Series and is offered in
partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut www.chamberect.com.