Cost-Sharing in Comparative Perspective: The US-ROK & US-Japan Alliances

A discussion on cost-sharing dynamics in the US-ROK and US-Japan alliance, Seoul-Tokyo relations, China’s rise, and US political transition.
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By Clint Work Moderator

A discussion on the ongoing US-ROK cost-sharing talks that explored their implications for later US-Japan talks. Two experts joined the conversation: Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. State Department official specializing in the Korean Peninsula and expert commentator on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region, and Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the Japan Program at the Stimson Center. Moderator Clint Work asked the participating speakers about past approaches to alliance cost-sharing talks; the role ROK and Japanese domestic politics played in alliance relations; persistent troubles in Seoul-Tokyo ties; the different ways the ROK and Japan approach China; and the possible implications for a second Trump term or political transition in November 2020.

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