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Issue Brief Dec 20, 2022
A next-generation agenda for US-ROK-Japan cooperation
By Lauren D. Gilbert, Kyoko Imai
Trilateral cooperation among the United States, Japan, and South Korea has proved challenging over the years, owing largely to historical tensions. As a result, this project has sought perspectives from next-generation leaders of the three countries to define areas where targeted, flexible, and informal cooperative arrangements can provide clear mutual benefit to all.
New AtlanticistNov 15, 2023
Experts react: Are the US and South Korea following through on the Washington Declaration?
By Atlantic Council experts
US and South Korean defense officials and military leaders just met in Seoul for two meetings that, while long-standing annual events, have taken on a new urgency following the April 2023 Washington Declaration.
In the NewsAug 18, 2023
Imai on Washington Examiner
On August 18, Kyoko Imai was featured in the Washington Examiner regarding the inaugural United States-South Korea-Japan trilateral meeting taking place today at Camp David. She underscored President Biden’s efforts “to institutionalize this partnership so it can withstand changes in domestic politics in all three countries.”
In the NewsJul 13, 2023
Imai on CNBC
On July 12, Kyoko Imai was interviewed by CNBC Asia to discuss Japan’s participation in the NATO Summit and subsequent EU-Japan Summit. She argues that while some question Europe’s ability to juggle both the war in Ukraine and an Indo-Pacific strategy, all existing and potential conflicts have global ramifications.
Kyoko Imai is an assistant director with the Indo-Pacific Security Initiative (IPSI) of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this capacity, she supports a broad portfolio of programming and research designed to promote forward-looking strategies and constructive solutions for pressing issues affecting the Indo-Pacific region, particularly the rise of China, in order to enhance cooperation between the United States and its regional allies and partners. She spearheads IPSI’s Japan portfolio, the Korea Foundation Journalist Fellowship Program, as well as contributes to the Initiative’s work on Integrated Deterrence of Adversary Limited Nuclear Use in East Asia, US-Japan-ROK Trilateral Cooperation, and Trans-Atlantic-Pacific coordination to defend the rules-based international system.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Kyoko Imai worked as a Program Associate for the Asia & the Pacific region for the Center for International Private Enterprise, Young Professional for the East-West Center, and Research Assistant to the former Senior Director for Asia at the National Security Council, Evan Medeiros, at Georgetown University’s Asian Studies Program. Kyoko graduated from Georgetown University with a Master of Science in Foreign Service, with a Concentration in Global Politics & Security as well as Certificates in Asian Studies and Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a Minor in French from the University of Rochester. Kyoko is from Japan but grew up in Myanmar, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates.