Trilateral cooperation among the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), and Japan is integral to security, prosperity, and freedom in the Indo-Pacific. To advance this aim, the Scowcroft Center, in partnership with the Korea Foundation, has developed a new agenda for US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, centered on next-generation perspectives. This agenda defines areas where targeted, flexible, and informal cooperative arrangements among the three countries can provide clear mutual benefit, and thus create a foundation for deeper integration moving forward. In particular, this agenda seeks to address issues of both traditional and nontraditional security, such as deterrence, nonproliferation, trade, climate change, and pandemic response.

In pursuit of this agenda, the Scowcroft Center and the Korea Foundation convened three private virtual roundtables with rising American, South Korean, and Japanese junior- and mid-career experts who represent the next generation of policymakers, officials, and private-sector leaders that will operationalize trilateral cooperation over the course of their careers. This issue brief highlights the key insights from these roundtable discussions and offers concrete policy recommendations for US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation in three areas: security and defense, science and technology (S&T), and global public goods. At this public launch event, roundtable participants—including the issue brief authors—will discuss the key recommendations developed over the course of the project.

Opening remarks

Matthew Kroenig
Director (Acting), Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council


Lauren Gilbert
Associate Director, Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Kyoko Imai
Program Assistant, Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Sanghyun Han
PhD Student, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rosa Park-Tokola
Senior Project Lead, DPRK Counterproliferation, CRDF Global

Eleanor Shiori Hughes
Defense Analyst, The Asia Group

Moderated by

Markus Garlauskas
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council

Indo-Pacific Security Initiative

The Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, fosters a trans-Atlantic-Pacific Community with a dual analytical approach grounded in key traditional and non-traditional security issues in order to develop new strategies and policies for the United States, its allies, and its partners.