Fifth US-ROK Strategic Dialogue

Maui, February 2013

The Pacific Forum, with support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, held the Fifth US-ROK Strategic Dialogue on Maui, Hawaii on Feb. 4-5, 2013. Twenty-five experts and officials and nine Pacific Forum Young Leaders attended, all in their private capacities. They examined the impact of the 2012 elections in both countries on their relationships and the alliance, compared assessments of China and North Korea, and focused on ways to strengthen extended deterrence. While the dialogue enjoyed its usual candor, ROK participants in some cases seemed hesitant to get too far out in front of their new incoming government.

For the conference report, including key findings, please see: Issues & Insights Vol. 13, No. 4


Monday, February 4, 2013

Session 1: Security Policy after the Elections
US presenter: Bryan Port
ROK presenter: Lee Hawon

Session 2: China's Role in Northeast Asia
ROK presenter: Kim Tae-hyo
US presenter: James Kelly

Session 3: Views of North Korea
US presenter: Evans Revere
ROK presenter: In-Taek Hyun

Session 4: Extended Deterrence
ROK presenter: Shin Beomchul
US presenter: Robert Gromoll

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Session 5: The Alliance after the Elections
US presenter: Scott Snyder
ROK presenter: Park Jaejeok

Session 6: Potential and Limits of Trilateralism
ROK presenter: Rhee Sang Woo
US presenter: Amy Searight

Session 7: The Future of the US-ROK Alliance
US presenter: Victor Cha
ROK presenter: Kyudok Hon