Based on Gen. Brooks and Dr. Greitens’ extensive experience and expertise, the webinar examined several aspects of the US-Korea relationship. Among a broad range of topics, the discussion explored: the current state of relations between the US and North Korea and possible trends in the coming months; the importance of the US-ROK alliance, in terms of longstanding historical and people-to-people ties as well as shared democratic values and strategic interests; and the nature and composition of the US military forces in South Korea. Following the discussion, the moderator and speakers held a Q&A session with the attending audience, which touched on: US-China relations and how they affect both North and South Korea; the question of South Korea’s own nuclear deterrent; how best to restart or incentivize negotiations with North Korea; and the complicating role of Congress in the existing sanctions regime.
Audience members were also given three polling questions, asking: whether or not a presidential candidate’s views on North Korea were important to how they would vote in the November election; what the best policy options were in approaching North Korea in the future; and how best to approach US alliances.
The program was introduced and closed by the Clements Center’s Associate Director, Lt. Col. (Ret.), U.S. Army, Paul Edgar, Ph.D.