Asia-Europe meetings have been held for over a decade, but they are becoming increasingly relevant. Partners from both continents want to work together more closely, so they can combat challenges to globalization and multilateralism.
A half-day conference—featuring scholars and former officials from Japan, the United States, and South Korea—will examine practical denuclearization options that can enhance collective security and contribute to a more stable foundation for regional peace.
The United States military has contributed to the maintenance of peace and security in the Republic of Korea for more than 67 years. Its commitment during this long period have shown their ability to respond to the changing and complex threats of Northeast Asia.
Regardless of the prospects of denuclearizing North Korea, the United States and South Korea are likely to continue strengthening capabilities to deter North Korean coercive behavior. Yet, as they do this, it will become increasingly important to assess the regional implications of their actions.
Whatever the outcome, the June 12 Trump-Kim summit will have major implications for the region’s security landscape.
It is critical for South Korea to undertake structural military reforms and create a new bipartisan national security paradigm.