Report Nov 9, 2023
Deterrence is crumbling in Korea: How we can fix it
By Markus Garlauskas, Lauren D. Gilbert
Conventional wisdom in the United States holds that deterrence in Korea is strong, but this widespread confidence is based on a backward look at long-standing assumptions that are no longer tenable, along with rapidly shifting politico-military conditions. This report explains the urgent actions required to get ahead of these changes and maintain effective deterrence.
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.
In the NewsDec 19, 2023
Gilbert quoted in NK News on next steps for North Korea
On December 15, Lauren Gilbert was quoted in NK News assessing President Yoon Suk Yeol’s North Korea policy as part of a survey of over 100 experts. She explained that although there was room for improvement, Yoon’s “call to cease development of the DPRK’s nuclear weapons while being open to diplomacy and providing aid” was […]
In the NewsDec 8, 2023
Report by Garlauskas and Gilbert quoted in UK Parliament’s “In Focus”
On December 7, a recent report by Markus Garlauskas and Lauren Gilbert was quoted in an article published through the United Kingdom Parliament’s House of Lords Library. The article examines the developing North Korean threat to global security, citing Garlauskas’ and Gilbert’s argument that “the path toward strategic deterrence failure is far more likely to […]
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.
Lauren D. Gilbert is a deputy director with the Atlantic Council’s Indo-Pacific Security Initiative (IPSI) housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this role, she oversees research and programming focused on engaging with US, allied, and partner governments and other key stakeholders to shape strategies and policies to mitigate the most important rising security challenges facing the region. In particular, her work focuses on US-ROK-Japan trilateral cooperation, Korea-Japan relations, integrated deterrence, and trans-Atlantic-Pacific coordination in the aim of defending the rules-based international system.
Originally from Texas, Gilbert holds an MIS in International Cooperation from Seoul National University’s Graduate School of International Studies. Her thesis focused on an analysis of US-ROK-Japan trilateral security cooperation within the lenses of the balance of threat theory and the concept of national strategic identities. She also attained her BA with high honors in International Relations and Global Studies, with a concentration in International Security and a minor in Asian Studies, from the University of Texas at Austin. She also spent a year abroad studying in Korea University’s Division of International Studies.