It’s Not Just “Over There”: The American Commitment to the Korean Peninsula

The Stimson Center and Stimson’s 38 North program, working with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, presented a webinar to discuss the importance of the US commitment to the Korean Peninsula. Moderated by Dr. Clint Work, a Stimson Fellow, the webinar offered a virtual conversation with featured speaker, Gen. (Ret.) Curtis M. Scaparrotti, former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander, US European Command (2016-2019) and Commander, US Forces Korea (2013-2016).

Based on Gen. (Ret.) Scaparrotti’s extensive experience and expertise, the webinar offered informed commentary and engaged audience members on the importance of the US relationship with the Korean Peninsula. Among a broad range of topics, the discussion explored: how conflict on the Korean Peninsula would have regional and global implications; North Korea’s possible actions in the near-term and distinct constraints it faces; the importance of both the US military presence in South Korea and the US-ROK alliance to wider US interests; the prospects for diplomacy with Pyongyang and China’s role therein; and Gen. Scaparrotti’s comparative perspective having commanded US forces in both South Korea and Europe.

The program was opened and introduced by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte’s President and CEO, L.J. Stambuk, and was closed by the Council’s Board Member, Col. Bob Holcombe.

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