Download the full report in Korean:
한국의 안보를 위한 21세기의 전략동맹.
Securing South Korea: A Strategic Alliance for the 21st Century, authored by Abraham Denmark and Zachary Hosford, provides policy recommendations for how the United States can enhance its alliance with South Korea. This includes how South Korea can create a more adaptive military force – including ground, air and naval forces – that would allow the country to meet the wide range of threats posed by its northern neighbor. Additionally, it would give them capacity to help manage regional issues such as China’s rise and access to the region’s numerous seaways.
“While South Korea can rely upon its American ally for its ultimate defense, challenges to America’s long-term capacity to project and sustain military power demand a greater role by the ROK,” write the authors. “South Korea’s military cannot afford to focus on a single scenario, however, given South Korea’s rapidly evolving strategic environment. The ROK military must be flexible and experienced enough to address a wide range of threats.”
More from CNAS
CommentaryThe Trump-Kim Summit and Beyond: What Positive Outcomes Look Like
On February 27, United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second time in Hanoi in a bid to make concrete progress on their June ...
By Duyeon Kim
CommentaryIt's Time for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance to Evolve
The alliance between the United States and South Korea has, for the past six decades, been a core pillar of the U.S.-led security architecture in Northeast Asia—but in recent ...
By Kristine Lee
CommentaryPyongyang Declaration: Bringing peace to the Koreas beyond symbolism
Symbolism and atmospherics are often just as important as literal deliverables in Korean culture. This symbolic approach is not necessarily understandable to Western minds acc...
By Duyeon Kim
CommentaryCNAS Commentary: Maximum Pressure AND Engagement after the SOTU
President Donald Trump’s State of the Union pledge of "total American resolve" to denuclearize North Korea signals that we are now in a period of heightened danger in Northeas...
By Patrick M. Cronin