Nearly seven decades have passed since the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, yet the Korean Peninsula is still divided and an authoritarian dictatorship in Pyongyang frequently threatens to destabilize the region.
The primary areas of focus for the Indo-Pacific Security Program in 2021 include developing innovative recommendations for the new Biden Administration to consider that will encourage North Korean denuclearization and assessing alternative policy tools, should North Korea continue to expand its nuclear arsenal.
In a series of five papers, CNAS has developed a comprehensive “diplomacy handbook” to strengthen U.S. engagement with North Korea if Pyongyang takes concrete steps toward denuclearization and to mitigate risk in alternative scenarios. This handbook is intended to equip policymakers with creative and specific recommendations for tension reduction measures and to help establish a more durable peace that promotes U.S. interests in the region.
Tangled Threats: Integrating U.S. Strategies toward China and North Korea
China and North Korea pose intertwined challenges for U.S. and allied policy. The Korean Peninsula constitutes just one area among many in U.S.-China relations. Meanwhile, iss...
By Jacob Stokes
Renew, Elevate, Modernize: A Blueprint for a 21st-Century U.S.-ROK Alliance Strategy
The U.S.-South Korean alliance has the potential to play a central role in bolstering a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond....
By Kristine Lee, Joshua Fitt & Coby Goldberg
In a new report, Dr. Van Jackson argues that while pursuing North Korean denuclearization is ideal for U.S. national interests, it is no longer realistic for the near-term fut...
By Van Jackson