Seoul Defense Dialogue 2020
Emerging Security Challenges : Overcoming through Solidarity and Cooperation
The Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD), being held in its ninth iteration this year, is a multilateral security forum launched in 2012 by the Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense in order to contribute to multilateral security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and facilitate the instillment of peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The Ministry of National Defense had originally planned to invite civilian security experts and Vice Minister-level defense officials from over 60 countries and international security organizations to visit Seoul for participation in the SDD 2020. However, with the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, the Ministry has made the inevitable decision to transition the event into a Virtual Seminar. As follows, domestic and foreign panelists will conduct discussions on a videoconferencing platform, with all sessions livestreamed and available for viewing by defense officials from across the globe. On-site participation will be limited to Defense Attache Office and Embassy personnel in Seoul, and the Ministry very much regrets that circumstances preclude the possibility of inviting distinguished experts and defense officials to participate in the Dialogue in person.
As the international community stands against the joint crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, solidarity and cooperation between nations is more critical than ever before. In this spirit, the theme of this year's Seoul Defense Dialogue 2020 Virtual Seminar has been designated "Emerging Security Challenges: Overcoming through Solidarity and Cooperation". Related discussions will explore ideas of global order and international cooperation in the era of COVID-19, as well as the implications that nontraditional security threats hold for national defense. In addition, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the onset of the Korean War, sessions will also feature evaluations of the Korean Peninsula Peace Process and potential directions for the future.
Even as COVID-19 imposes upon the world a need for physical distancing, I hope that the new format of the SDD will allow us to come together in spirit, and that through it we will find genuine guidance in preparing for a future of solidarity and cooperation.
As your interest is of the utmost importance in making the Seoul Defense Dialogue 2020 Virtual Seminar a success, I cordially invite you to take part in this lively event via our online viewing channels. Thank you.
Vice Minister of National Defense