Quadrilateral US-Japan-ROK-China Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security Cooperation Dialogue
Thursday, August 6:
Session 1: Nonproliferation & Nuclear Security – Perspectives & Priorities
This session will compare and contrast US, ROK, Japanese, and Chinese perspectives and priorities on nonproliferation and nuclear security. What is each country’s assessment of proliferation and nuclear terrorism threats in Northeast Asia and beyond? What are the most worrying threats and the most pressing issues to address, both in the nonproliferation and nuclear areas? What differences are there among the four countries on how best to address these threats? Why?
Session 2: The Nuclear Security Summit Process
This session will focus on ways Northeast Asian states can advance the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process. What are US, ROK, Japanese, and Chinese perceptions of the most important nuclear security threats in Northeast Asia? How can cooperation be built to meet those threats? What can the four countries do in the lead-up to the 2016 NSS? After 2016? [Discussions about the nuclear security centers of excellence should be withheld to the following session.]
Session 3: The Nuclear Security Centers of Excellence
This session will reflect on ways to build cooperation between the Northeast Asian nuclear security centers of excellence. What are the goals and objectives of each center? What type of cooperation exists between them? How complementary/duplicative is their work? How can they be better utilized to enhance nuclear security in Northeast Asia?
Lee Na Young
Session 4: Prevention/Management of a Nuclear Accident/Incident
This session will examine how Northeast Asian states can better prevent and manage a nuclear accident/incident. How might a nuclear accident/incident come about in Northeast Asia? What types of nuclear accidents/incidents should we be concerned about? What can the United States, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and China do together to help prevent nuclear accidents/incidents? What can they do to enhance preparedness to respond to nuclear accidents/incidents if they occur? [Discussions should not be limited to building upon the outcomes of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan.]
Friday, August 7:
Session 5: Strategic Trade Controls
This session will explore the potential for enhancing cooperation on strategic trade controls in Northeast Asia. What type of cooperation exists between the four countries to deal with transit and transshipment activities? What level of cooperation exists on licensing, detection, and enforcement issues? How can this cooperation be strengthened? What areas demand greater information-sharing?
Session 6: Onward Proliferation from North Korea
This session will look at ways to strengthen cooperation to deal with North Korea’s onward proliferation activities. How serious are these activities? What cooperation exists between the four countries to counter Pyongyang’s activities? How can such cooperation be improved to better implement UN sanctions? What other instruments or initiatives can Northeast Asian states utilize?
Session 7: Wrap-Up and Next Steps
This session will summarize the meeting’s key findings and reflect on next steps for future quadrilateral cooperation on nonproliferation and nuclear security. What is the baseline for cooperation? What are the opportunities and challenges to enhance such cooperation? What specific issues should the four countries prioritize in the near- to medium-terms? In the longer term?