On this episode, Ambassador Joseph Yun joined us for a deep dive on South Korean President-Elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s victory and how the Yoon administration will shape Seoul’s foreign policy. We discussed South Korea’s relations with the United States, North Korea, and Japan, as well as potential cooperation with the Quad and policy surrounding the Russia-Ukraine War.
Ambassador Yun has more than 33 years of diplomatic service, including as U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy from October 2016 to May 2018, and as U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia from 2013 to 2016. On March 22, 2022, U.S. President Joe Biden appointed Ambassador Yun as Special Presidential Envoy for Compact Negotiations, to manage negotiations between the United States and the three Pacific Island countries collectively known as the Freely Associated States (FAS).