Korean Peninsula

Through high-level Track 1.5 dialogue – that brings together current and former officials and policy experts – and critical analysis, the Institute is helping address strategic challenges in Northeast Asia.

Maximizing the Role of U.S.-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Coordination in a Time of Austerity

Wed, 07/17/2013 - 15:00
Wed, 07/17/2013 - 16:30

On Wednesday, July 17, 2013 the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) hosted an important public diplomacy component of USIP's ongoing U.S.-South Korea-Japan Track 1.5 project called "Trilateral Dialogue in Northeast Asia" (TDNA)

Launched in the spring of 2008, the TDNA is a Track 1.5 project involving government and think tank participants from the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. The organizing partners included USIP, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) of South Korea, and the Institute for International Policy Studies (IIPS) of Japan. TDNA seeks to foster the development of policy proposals through recurring Track 1.5 dialogue on common challenges and opportunities in Northeast Asia and in the international community.

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China’s Subtle Strategy in the South China Sea

In a new Peace Brief, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Austin outlines China’s subtle tactics to expand its influence in the South China Sea and examines why they are so difficult to challenge.

Summary

  • Disputes over territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea are gaining new momentum as tensions, rhetoric and conflicts increase over disputed land features in the region. China, the leading regional claimant, appears intent on securing vast swaths of ocean for its own use and control.
  • China’s subtle and imaginative tactics are successfully compelling countries in the South China Sea to back away from disputing their aggressive actions.
Fri, 07/19/2013 - 12:05
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USIP Hosts Round of Northeast Asia Track 1.5 Dialogue

The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) this week hosted the eighth round of the Trilateral Dialogue in Northeast Asia, a Track 1.5 project involving current and former senior policymakers and military officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan. The discussions delved into a variety of security and diplomatic topics, including historical tensions between South Korea and Japan, and “achieved candor in a relaxed and truly non-defensive environment,” said one of the participants, Stephen Hadley, USIP’s senior advisor for international affairs and a former U.S. national security advisor.

Hadley spoke at a public forum on July 17 capping this week’s trilateral sessions. He said part of the conversations focused on “the elephant in the room”—tensions between South Korea and Japan rooted in a tangled and sensitive history of relations that can make coordination on security strategy between them and their U.S. ally more difficult.

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 08:59
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USIP’s NAVARM Building Asia-Pacific Understanding

Since the death of Kim Jong-il and the ascension of his son, Kim Jong-un, as the leader of North Korea, events on the Korean Peninsula have ratcheted up tensions in the region significantly, albeit with an unpredictable ebb and flow. As the international community struggles to understand and deal with a young, intransigent and bellicose new leader, it employs the blunt instrument of increasing sanctions to try to compel the North Korean leader to acquiesce. But this strategy also carries with it risks of unintended consequences.

USIP Prevention Newsletter - September 2012

The September 2012 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on The Syrian Civil War: Threatening Lebanon's Fragile Stability: Syria's year-and-a-half long internal strife has not only challenged Lebanon with tens of thousands of refugees, gun battles on the border and kidnappings, but reignited tensions along Lebanon's own sectarian fault lines.

In this Issue

  • SPOTLIGHT on The Syrian Civil War: Threatening Lebanon's Fragile Stability: Syria's year-and-a-half long internal strife has not only challenged Lebanon with tens of thousands of refugees, gun battles on the border and kidnappings, but reignited tensions along Lebanon's own sectarian fault lines.
  • HIGHLIGHTS:
    • U.S.-Pakistan Relations
    • Tensions on Korean Peninsula
    • Iran and P5+1 Nuclear Talks
    • Responsibility to Protect: Moving Beyond the Period of Reflection
    • The Political Transition in Libya
Mon, 09/03/2012 - 09:51

USIP Prevention Newsletter - March 2012

The March 2012 Prevention Newsletter features a spotlight on U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The year 2011 saw a progressive deterioration in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. But despite the fact that mutual mistrust is probably at an all time high, there is no appetite to allow the relationship to rupture.

In this Issue

  • SPOTLIGHT on U.S.-Pakistan Relations: The year 2011 saw a progressive deterioration in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. But despite the fact that mutual mistrust is probably at an all time high, there is no appetite to allow the relationship to rupture.
  • HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Political Transitions amid Economic Turmoil in North Africa 
    • North Korea's New Leadership
    • The Nuclear Question in Iran
    • Israel-Palestine Peace Process 
    • Institutionalizing U.S. Atrocity Prevention Efforts
Thu, 03/01/2012 - 09:00

North Korean Threats Turn Eyes to China

North Korea’s almost daily delivery of threats against South Korea, Japan and the United States in the past week has eyes turning toward neighboring China for influence to defuse the tensions. Two USIP experts who are former U.S. arms control officials say statements and actions by the U.S. and its allies South Korea and Japan send signals to China just as much as to North Korea.

John S. Park

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Senior Asia Advisor, Center for Conflict Management

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John S. Park is senior Asia adviser at USIP, where he directs Northeast Asia track 1.5 projects. These include the U.S.-China Project on Crisis Avoidance and Cooperation, the U.S.-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Dialogue in Northeast Asia, the U.S.-China-Japan Dialogue on Risk Reduction and Crisis Prevention, and the Korea Working Group. Park advises Northeast Asia policy-focused officials at the Departments of State, Defense, and the Treasury; on the National Security Council; and on Congressional committees. 

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North Korea Nuclear Test Shows Device Advances, Challenges China’s Influence

USIP’s Mike Lekson and Bruce MacDonald weigh in on North Korea’s third nuclear test:

“As we anticipated, North Korea is developing both a more powerful and apparently a more deliverable weapons system, which combined with its ballistic missile program, will not only pose a threat to its neighbors but could ultimately threaten the United States,” said Lekson, an arms control expert and former State Department official.

Detect, Dismantle, and Disarm

In Detect, Dismantle, and Disarm, the first nontechnical book on the IAEA’s role in verification, Christine Wing and Fiona Simpson examine the IAEA's experience in four cases and capture the elements of the verification process most useful for the design of future missions. Operations in Iraq, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, South Africa, and Libya demonstrate how organizational, historical, political, and technical forces shape states’ compliance. Each chapter includes the history of nuclear weapons programs, a description of the actors involved, and an evaluation of the mission to date.

Christine Wing and Fiona Simpson

 “The important work of the IAEA in verifying dismantlement and disarmament has attracted surprisingly little attention—until now. In this comprehensive study, Wing and Simpson fill that lacuna by collecting and analyzing a wealth of data about all the relevant cases. Developing machinery capable of effectively verifying the rollback of nuclear weapon programs, especially in a non-cooperative setting, is a critical element of creating a rules-based nuclear order able to meet today's nuclear threat. This useful and interesting volume advances that vital goal.”

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 13:39

Articles & Analysis

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In a new Peace Brief, Lieutenant Commander Aaron Austin outlines China’s subtle tactics to expand its influence in the South China Sea and examines why they are so difficult to challenge.
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Christine Wing and Fiona Simpson
In Detect, Dismantle, and Disarm, the first nontechnical book on the IAEA’s role in verification, Christine Wing and Fiona Simpson examine the IAEA's experience in four cases and capture the elements...