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.
Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in ought to respond to the regime of Kim Jong Un jointly and without any ambiguity.
North Korea’s acquisition of ICBM capabilities is a game-changer—and not only for the inter-Korean balance of power and Northeast Asia’s strategic stability.
South Korea’s core challenges are so deeply structural that even with strong presidential leadership, supported by a bureaucracy that’s willing to follow through, progress is going to be extremely incremental.
South Korea, arguably one of the world’s 10 most strategically consequential countries, faces four major challenges.