With outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in limited to a single term by the country’s constitution, voters will elect a new president on Wednesday, March 9. The race has been closely fought between Lee Jae-myung, the candidate from Moon’s progressive Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), and Yoon Suk-yeol, the conservative People Power Party’s (PPP) nominee, with polls unable to identify who truly has the leading edge. Fewer than two years after the DPK won a landslide victory in National Assembly elections, this presidential race has signaled the return of more energetic party competition and will have significant economic, social, political, and diplomatic implications for a major U.S. ally.
Please join the Center for American Progress the day after the election for a discussion of what the results mean for South Korea, its people, and the country’s relationship with its neighbors and the United States.
Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, President and CEO, Korea Economic Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
Gi-Wook Shin, Director, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
Karl Friedhoff, Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asia Studies, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Tobias Harris, Senior Fellow for Asia, Center for American Progress