ROK-US Security Seminar Dialogue

Honolulu, HI

Meeting Agenda -- Nov. 7, 2014

Session 1: Perspectives on Regional Security

US Presenter: Dr. Victor Cha, DS Song-KF Chair, Georgetown University, and Senior Adviser and Korea Chair for Pacific Forum

This session examines each country’s assessment of the regional security environment. How does each country characterize the security environment? What are the chief security threats and challenges? What are the key trends and what is their impact on regional security? How do security planners in each country perceive the regional balance of power? What are the implications of that balance? What factors impact that balance? Do perceptions and priorities align?

Session 2: Trustpolitik and President Park’s Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative

ROK Presenter: Dr. Sukhee Han, Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University

In this session, an ROK presenter will explain the meaning and evolution of “Trustpolitik” and then lay out President Park Geun-hye’s Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative, explaining its logic, purpose, and status. The group will attempt to assess its prospects and ways that the two countries can address the problems it seeks to remedy. How can our two countries achieve the aims of the initiative? What hinders its realization? How does it align with other Northeast or East Asian initiatives? What concrete steps should be taken to ensure its success?

Keynote speech by LTG Anthony Crutchfield, Deputy Commander, US Pacific Command

Session 3: The Future of North Korea and the Unification Initiative

ROK Presenter: Dr. Jung-Hoon Lee, ROK Ambassador for Human Rights

US Presenter: Mr. Keith Luse, Executive Director, National Committee on North Korea

In this session, the two countries compare assessments of North Korea. How does each country assess developments in North Korea? What are the prospects for the Pyongyang leadership? What forces are at work on that country? What are the two countries’ desired outcomes for North Korea in the short, medium and long-term? The ROK speaker will also explain the Dresden Declaration, its logic, reception and prospects.

Session 4: ROK-US Cooperation and the Korean Peninsula

US Presenter: Amb. Sung Kim, Special Representative for North Korea Policy, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan, and former US Ambassador to ROK, US Department of State

ROK Presenter: Dr. Sang Hyun Lee, Director, Security Strategy Studies, The Sejong Institute

This session examines the two countries’ assessments of prospects for ROK-US cooperation to deal with North Korea and related peninsula issues. How can and should Seoul and Washington coordinate policy to ensure the right outcomes in North Korea? How can the ROK, the US, and other countries shape the DPRK’s choices? How should the two governments engage other regional actors, such as China and Japan? What are the key obstacles to cooperation? What can be done to overcome those obstacles?