Open Forum

In this second and final part of the synopsis of the June 24-25 discussion, we focus on the triangle with North Korea. This summation may be read in conjunction with Topics of the Month, in which we are following the ROK-US alliance closely, and the Special Forum in this issue of The Asan Forum, which is devoted to analysis of how five countries are thinking strategically about North Korea. The foremost priority of the alliance through its sixty years has been preventing another invasion by North Korea. When the chances of an invasion were perceived as diminishing, new strains buffeted the alliance. Discussion often came back to the theme of changes in North Korean behavior and their possible impact on the alliance. In this synopsis of the discussion most relevant to that theme, we look closely at the range and substance of coverage, reflecting the views of US and Korean speakers, some former officials.

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