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U.S.-ROK Dialogue on Korean Unification and Regional Security

The U.S.-ROK Dialogue on Korean Unification and Regional Security is an annual conference convened by The National Bureau of Asian Research in partnership with the Korea Institute for National Unification involving government, academic, and private-sector participants from the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The dialogue seeks to foster the development of policy proposals through an annual conference on common challenges and opportunities on the Korean Peninsula and, more broadly, in Northeast Asia. The dialogue is designed to provide an effective channel of communication by which U.S. and ROK officials and policy analysts can:

  • Identify opportunities and develop strategies for conflict prevention and crisis management on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Exchange analyses of recent developments in order to foster a deeper mutual understanding of rapidly evolving political, security, and economic issues that could have significant consequences for South Korea and the United States.
  • Propose specific steps that can be operationalized by both sides to address pressing policy issues and bolster inter-Korean and regional security.
  • Enhance policy coordination between the governments of the Republic of Korea and the United States in order to prevent and, if necessary, manage and resolve the outbreak of conflict between North and South Korea.
  • Develop actionable policy recommendations to encourage and support the process of peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula and to address other pressing regional issues, such as maritime security, China’s military modernization, and regional cooperation with other Asian powers on issues of mutual interest.
  • Enhance the profile, roles, and responsibilities of the U.S.-ROK alliance partners in addressing challenges to security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

In July 2014, NBR and KINU, in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace, convened the fourth iteration of the dialogue in Washington, D.C., which considered several central policy issues related to the unification of the Korean Peninsula, including the current stability of the North Korean regime, current and future U.S. and South Korean policies toward the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Korean unification, and the geopolitical implications of Korean unification for Northeast Asia. Previous sessions of the dialogue have been convened by NBR and KINU in November 2012 in Seattle, Washington, in March 2013 in Washington, D.C., and in December 2013 in Washington D.C. Topics of discussion in previous sessions have included alliance-based strategies for addressing post-unification challenges, options for strengthening policy coordination following the U.S. and ROK presidential elections in 2012, and the development of an alliance-based framework for operationalizing President Park Geun-hye’s trustpolitik initiative.