This is the fifth year we are hosting the JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum and each year, we are seeing an increasing level of interest from not just opinion leaders in the academia and government but the younger generation with a genuine interest in the geopolitics surrounding the Korean Peninsula.
I am honored and pleased to welcome you all to the 5th JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS conference. At the outset, please let me thank Dr. Hong Seok-hyun and his very impressive colleagues for all their help in organizing this conference. It is a genuine partnership.
I have extraordinary respect for the accomplishments of the Republic of Korea. Students of development cite Korea as a great success story, rising from the rubble of war to build a globally competitive economy, earn high living standards, and establish a vibrant, free democracy.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s trip to the United States last week was about as productive and positive as a state visit could hope to be. The trappings and status of the visit were second to none. It affirmed the importance of the US-Japan partnership. It produced critical, forward-looking documents to chart the course of the US-Japan relationship.
Most observers could be forgiven for seeing the April 26–27 ASEAN Summit in Malaysia as another in a long series of head-of-state talk shops by the grouping. It did not issue any groundbreaking new declarations on the organization’s direction. The bloc did not come out swinging at China, nor did it unveil many big “deliverables” as U.S.
Most observers could be forgiven for seeing the April 26–27 ASEAN Summit in Malaysia as another in a long series of head-of-state talk shops by the grouping. It did not issue any groundbreaking new declarations on the organization’s direction.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan held a summit meeting at the White House today in conjunction with Abe’s official visit to the United States, the first by a Japanese prime minister in nine years.
Much ink has been spilled on the Obama administration’s bungled response to China’s proposed new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Most commentators have criticized the administration for making much ado about nothing. I disagree: important policy issues were at stake.
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from April 9 - April 22, 2015.
While the media has focused on how Prime Minister Abe Shinzo will treat history in his speech to Congress next week, another historic development should occur days before Abe reaches the podium. Monday, US and Japanese officials are expected to approve a major revision of the Guidelines for US-Japan Defense Cooperation – the third in the alliance’s history.