Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances
Daniel C. Sneider (Stanford University) writes that the spectacle of the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President obscures essential realities within the region. He argues that the United States should follow up the unconventional diplomacy in Singapore with careful attention to managing our alliances with South Korea and Japan.
North Korea: Background on the Issues
This backgrounder highlights recent NBR publications on the security, geopolitical, economic, and human rights issues at play between the United States and the two Koreas.
What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit
In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition
David Shambaugh, Kimberly Marten, Michael Clarke, Sheila A. Smith, Brian Harding, Ashley J. Tellis, Sue Mi Terry, Richard C. Bush and Teresita C. Schaffer
Bilateral relationships in Asia present major opportunities and challenges for the new U.S. administration. This roundtable contains nine essays analyzing key U.S. relationships in the region—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identifying the most salient current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.
The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear-Free Peninsula
Andrei Lankov, Van Jackson, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Ren Xiao and Chung-in Moon
The United States and East Asian states have tried various methods to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but no successful formula has emerged. This Asia Policy roundtable contains five essays that examine the relationships between North Korea and China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States and assess the prospects for denuclearization.
Challenges to South Korean Power in the Early 21st Century
Chung Min Lee
Edited Volumes and Chapters
This chapter provides a comprehensive analysis of the national capabilities of the Republic of Korea (ROK), assesses the outlook for its future development, and draws implications for the region and the U.S.
The Revenge of Geography and the Asia-Pacific
In his new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert Kaplan (Stratfor Global Intelligence) contends current global conflicts, including wars, political instability, and clashes over religion, can be better understood and even forecasted through close examination of the maps that chart our world. In this Q&A, NBR’s Abraham Denmark asks Kaplan how this theory relates to the Asia-Pacific, and what challenges geography will play for the United States’ policy toward the region.
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South Korea’s Parliamentary Election: Implications for Korea and the United States
Shin Beom-shik, Yong-Chool Ha and Lee Wang-hwi
South Korea’s National Assembly elections, held two weeks ago, were an opportunity for both the ruling conservative Saenuri Party and the liberal opposition Democratic United Party to gain the upper hand before December’s presidential election. NBR interviewed a trio of Korean political scholars to get their take on the election results, the implications for Korea’s December presidential election, and what the mood of the Korean electorate can tell us about Korea-U.S. relations and how future Korean governments might handle foreign policy issues such as North Korea, free trade, and sharing the military burden.