The Politics and Strategy of an End-of-War Declaration on the Korean Peninsula
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The Politics and Strategy of an End-of-War Declaration on the Korean Peninsula

Roundtable with Frank Aum, Jung-Yeop Woo, and Shin-wha Lee
December 3, 2021

NBR reached out to several experts in its network to gather perspectives on the politics and strategy of an end-of-war declaration on the Korean Peninsula. The concept of an end-of-war declaration has become a polarizing topic in both Washington and Seoul. This roundtable aims to clarify the key issues in the debate and offer policy options for congressional action.

Frank Aum is the senior expert on Northeast Asia at the U.S. Institute of Peace. From 2010 to 2017, he worked at the Department of Defense. During this time, he advised four secretaries of defense on issues related to Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Mr. Aum also served as head of delegation for working-level negotiations with the Republic of Korea on U.S.-ROK alliance matters and received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Jung-yeop Woo is a Research Fellow at the Sejong Institute in South Korea. He studied at Seoul National University, Georgetown University and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Previously, he was a research fellow and director of the Center for Security Policy at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California.​​​

Shin-wha Lee is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Director of the Peace and Democracy Institute at Korea University. She is also President of the Korean Academic Council on the United Nations System. Previously, she was a special adviser of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s independent inquiry into Rwandan genocide, a board member of the UN Peacebuilding Fund, and a chair’s adviser of the East Asia Vision Group.