Washington and Seoul must agree on the purpose of their alliance if it is no longer needed to deter aggression by a hostile North Korea. Reaching a consensus on this question will not be easy.
It is hard to visualize an enduring peace between North and South Korea that does not include robust measures to reduce the threat of conventional war.
Unpacking the second U.S.-North Korea summit is going to be a long term process but it will be seen as a major turning point—both positively and negatively—on prospects for North Korea’s denuclearization, the extent of inter-Korean détente, and the future of the U.S.-ROK alliance.
This book describes how China seeks to reshape the international system to serve its strategic aims.
Will South Korea’s president be able to create peace with his quarrelsome northern neighbor, or will he stumble over economic weaknesses at home?
While the United States has unyieldingly focused on making progress toward denuclearization in North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae in’s first priority is to ensure that the peace process continues.
The U.S.-South Korean-Japanese trilateral relationship is more salient than ever in the aftermath of the accelerated nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The deployment of the THAAD system has become a thorn in China’s ties with the United States and South Korea, with ample evidence suggesting that the three countries are divided on the understandings, purpose, and strategic motives of the THAAD system in South Korea.
So far, South Korea’s president has successfully engaged North Korea—but it is unlikely he can sustain this approach without delivering on domestic promises.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in allocated the bulk of his political capital to inter-Korean engagement during the first year and a half of his presidency. This strategy has paid dividends thus far. However, domestic and geopolitical forces are likely to determine his agenda’s success.