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Security and Diplomatic Cooperation between South Korea and the U.S. for the Unification of the Korean Peninsula

For decades, South Korea has been preparing for what many believe is the inevitable unification with the North, bringing about an unprecedented level of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. Preparing for unification would involve neighboring countries, international organizations, and major investments of human, capital, and other resources by South Korea. South Koreans are beginning to think more carefully than ever about what the process will look like, what the demands will be, and how outsiders might be involved. Will it be a sudden, formal unification or
gradual integration
? How might it affect the ROK-U.S. alliance, and how might the relationship affect unification?

On January 21-22, 2014, the Brookings 
Center for East Asia Policy Studies
(CEAP) and the 
Korea Research Institute for Strategy
(KRIS) held a two-day conference in Seoul, Korea, on cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Korea in preparing for the unification of the Korean Peninsula. Three panels featuring leading experts from the U.S. and South Korea discussed issues related to the unification process including how unification will take place, the contingencies that may occur, the impact of recent political turmoil in North Korea, and what will be the role of China.


Welcome and Opening Remarks



Lee Sanghee

President, Korea Research Institute for Strategy

Session One: Security Cooperation for the Unification of the Korean Peninsula

Douglas H. Paal

Vice President for Studies - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace



Lee Chung Min

Professor, Graduate School of International Studies - Yonsei University

Session Two: Diplomatic Cooperation for the Unifcation of the Korean Peninsula


Hyun In-Taek

President, Ilmin International Relations Institute; Professor, Korea University


Park Young-Ho

Senior Research Fellow - Korea Institute for National Unification

Luncheon Keynote Address


Kim Kwan-jin

Minister of National Defense - Republic of Korea


Douglas H. Paal

Vice President for Studies - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Um Jong-Sik

Trustee, Korea Research Institute for Strategy


Cho Chang Beom

Former Ambassador to Australia and Austria - Republic of Korea

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