The Stimson Center’s Korea activities deal with both U.S.-South Korea alliance issues and the challenges posed to the region by North Korea. The East Asia program’s work on Korea focuses on the U.S. alliance with South Korea as an essential element in the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the broader region.
The East Asia program’s work on Korea focuses on the U.S. alliance with South Korea as an essential element in the maintenance of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the broader region. As the alliance continues to evolve, the program analyzes how that transformation can move forward, seeking to highlight and encourage ways the changes underway can strengthen bilateral relations and regional stability as well as address broader global challenges. A central issue in U.S. regional policy and in U.S.-South Korea relations is North Korea’s nuclear program. Experts in the program frequently meet with specialists from the region, exchanging views with policymakers from the Korean peninsula and those in the U.S.
The Center’s Korea activities highlight developments and trends on the Korean peninsula by facilitating the exchange of ideas and people between the U.S. and the East Asia region. Stimson experts meet with non-government colleagues and policymakers from South Korea, as well as other countries in the region, to discuss vital security issues – oftentimes, North Korea’s increasingly threatening behavior towards the region. Through candid discussions, academics and officials can exchange views on current developments and challenges and fashion innovative and pragmatic policy solutions. By hosting private meetings between Washington, D.C. policymaking community experts from South Korea, as well as participating in a wide variety of related activities in the United States and in the region, the program facilitates fruitful dialogue between participants from a range of fields, including think tanks, academia, government, media, and business.
Stimson’s specialists regularly contribute to media publications in the United States and in the region, particularly South Korean media outlets, both through opinion editorials and quoted commentaries, with regard to the roles of China and Japan as well as the United States to enhance understanding of issues facing the Korean peninsula and make recommendations for policymakers.