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Experts in US-Korea relations highlight Northeast Ohio's potential as international economic player

US - South Korean relations remain strong, and with new investments in Ohio, could grow substantially [Shutterstock / Rozhnovskaya Tanya]
US - South Korean relations remain strong, and with new investments in Ohio, could grow substantially [Shutterstock / Rozhnovskaya Tanya]

We'll talk US - Korean relations for the first part of the program today. Then we'll pivot and look ahead to tomorrow's Veteran's Day holiday.

Today, they're on tap to further discuss the relationship between South Korea and Northeast Ohio with area business leaders.

There was also a Cleveland Council on World Affair's Foreign Policy Forum yesterday.

The visit to Northeast Ohio boasts a full docket - yesterday, there was a stop at the University of Akron to speak with a group of international business students.

They're here at the invitation of The Cleveland Council on World Affairs in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute's "Future of Korea" program.

A contingent representing the US State Department, the Korean Embassy, and business leaders are in Northeast Ohio this week to discuss economic factors that influence US - Korean relations.

The United States’ relationship with South Korea now stands in stark contrast to the aftermath of the Korean War.

The Republic of Korea, South Korea, now possesses the 10th largest economy in the world - boasting some of the world's most successful companies, household names like Samsung, LG, Hyundai, and Kia.

It wasn't all that long ago that the United States and Korea were engaged in a several years long conflict, plunging the Korean peninsula into an era of deep poverty - and a reliance on foreign aid.

One focuses on a jazz performance that pairs music with stories of veterans, and another profiles a new book from a US Army chaplain.


The Cleveland Council on World Affairs

- Hannah Cha, Unit Chief in the Office of Korea Mongolia Affairs, US Department of State

- Troy Stangarone, Senior Director and Fellow, Korea Economic Institute of America

- Clint Work, PhD, Director of Academic Affairs, Korea Economic Institute of America

- Michael D. Jaques, Chaplain, US Army Reserves

- Dominick Farinacci, Trumpeter and Composer

- Amanda Rabinowitz, All Things Considered and Shuffle Host, Ideastream Public Media

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.