North Korea’s nuclear test led some South Koreans to renew calls for a nuclear option. Interpreting Seoul’s signals will be challenging for U.S. policymakers.
While Asia has been an unparalleled economic success, it is also home to some of the world’s most dangerous, diverse, and divisive challenges.
At a time when Asia is undergoing truly astounding economic, political, and security changes, the narrative of the region’s seemingly endless rise has predominated. Yet Asia’s economic success remains mired in virtually all of the world’s most pressing security and political problems.
The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is well-known but the United States is far from the only country turning toward the region.
Rising national concerns about nuclear safety and decreasing support for building new power plants, coupled with general distrust of government, pose a critical challenge to Korea’s nuclear future.
South Korea and the United States have become essential partners on nuclear matters over the last forty years. However, as with all maturing relationships, there remain differences of view and priority that must be managed.
A very firm friendship between the United States and Japan will become stronger in the new regional context.
Historical disputes continue to strain relations between Japan and South Korea, but their shared strategic interests and common values offer hope for reconciliation.
Though Asia remains the fastest growing region globally, its growth rate is slowing. Are the policies of countries in the region robust enough to deal with external exigencies, and how successful will they be?
What were the accomplishments, shortcomings, and policy implications of the U.S.-South Korea summit?