March 25, 2014
The Future of US-Korea Alliance and Extended Deterrence in East Asia
The discussion highlighted the importance of the bilateral alliance with South Koreaand the US-Korea-Japan trilateral cooperation mechanisms, which currently remain challenged by the tense political and historical dynamics between Korea and Japan. In addition, the participants raised concerns regarding the impulsive behavior of the North Korean regime, which lacks long-term vision and continues to be challenged by internal power competition. Further, the discussion focused on the future of the US-Korea alliance after the transfer of Operational Control (OPCON) of Korean forces from the United States to South Korea in 2015, prospects for South Korea's ballistic missile defense systems, as well as the role of the integrated Combined Forces Command (CFC) unit and US forces in Korea.
The workshop took place as part of the Atlantic Council’s project “Strengthening US Extended Deterrence in East Asia,” which is funded by the MacArthur Foundation to study the credibility and effectiveness of US extended deterrence in the region’s dynamic strategic environment.