Two Koreas, One Peninsula: The Future of Northeast Asia

The impeachment of Park Geun-hye followed by Moon Jae-in being elected President of South Korea has changed Seoul's foreign policy to pursuing dialogue with Pyongyang to one day achieve peaceful unification. In fact, North and South Korea marched together under a united flag during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Game's opening ceremonies. Even the first unified Korean women's hockey team played with North Korean cheerleaders, accompanied by Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's sister, watching from the stands.

After Kim Jong-un's recent surprise visit to Beijing, North Korea and South Korea announced they would hold a joint-summit on April 27th. Will a North Korea-United States summit follow? Will a trilateral summit between South Korea, North Korea, and the United States happen? What will Northeast Asia look like in 2030?

Join YPFP for a panel discussion on the present and future landscape of Northeast Asia with Phil Eskeland, Shihoko Goto, and Troy Stangarone.


When: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Where: WeWork White House 

1440 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Check-in: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Mingle: 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Discussion: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Post-Discussion Mingle: 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM


YPFP Charged Affairs' articles: 

Engaging China to Address the North Korean Security Threat

Hotlines and Deterrence: The Korean Missile Crisis

Culture, Censored: A Look into South Korea’s State-Sponsored Blacklist


YPFP Discussion Groups: 

Chinese Language

East Asia



*Phil Eskeland is the Executive Director of Operations and Policy at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), where he is responsible for KEI’s daily operations and overall public policy. Prior to joining KEI, Phil Eskeland served over 27 years in the U.S. government, mostly as a senior Congressional staff person managing both a personal and a committee office.  His last assignment was serving as Legislative Director for Representative Donald A. Manzullo of Illinois. Throughout his career, Mr. Eskeland specialized in the areas of international economics, foreign affairs, small business, and budget.  He helped pass into law over 30 legislative initiatives and significantly influenced the direction of 20 regulatory or administrative actions by the Executive Branch.  Mr. Eskeland successfully directed over 130 Congressional hearings, roundtables, and exchanges, including two annual rounds of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group. Phil Eskeland received his B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL) and his M.A. in International Affairs, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and international law, from the American University in Washington, DC.  In 2007, Mr. Eskeland received the Outstanding Service Award from the Small Business Exporters Association in recognition of his work on improving various U.S. trade promotion programs to assist small- and medium-sized exporters.  He and his family live in northern Virginia. 



*Shihoko Goto is the senior Northeast Asia associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Asia Program, where she is responsible for research, programming, and publications on Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. She is also a contributing editor to The Globalist, and a fellow of the Mansfield Foundation/Japan Foundation U.S.-Japan Network for the Future for 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she spent over ten years as a journalist writing about the international political economy with an emphasis on Asian markets.  As a correspondent for Dow Jones News Service and United Press International based in Tokyo and Washington, she has reported extensively on policies impacting the global financial system as well as international trade. She currently provides analysis for a number of media organizations. She was also formerly a donor country relations officer at the World Bank. She received the Freeman Foundation’s Jefferson journalism fellowship at the East-West Center and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s journalism fellowship for the Salzburg Global Seminar. She is fluent in Japanese and French.



*Troy Stangarone is the Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), where he oversees KEI’s trade and economic related initiatives, as well as the Institute’s relations with Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC trade community. As part of his broader portfolio he serves as the editor for KEI’s flagship publication, Korea’s Economy, and oversees KEI’s blog, The Peninsula. He was also a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He also served as an aide to Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.


Please note this event will be off-the-record and open to YPFP members only.


YPFP 2030 events move beyond predicting the rise and fall of great powers to foreseeing what the global landscape will be in 2030. NextGen professionals will decipher how shifts in geography, culture, economy, technology and more is defining 2030.


*The views and opinions expressed by these panelists are strictly personal, and do not reflect the views and opinions of their affiliated organizations or employers.

April 12, 2018 at 7pm - 8:30pm
WeWork White House
1440 G St NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States
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