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U.S.-Japan-ROK Strategic Dialogue: Toward Enhanced Trilateralism

Implementing Agency National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) (USA) Year 1/3
Project classification Self-OperatedGrantCommissionedOthers Year project budget implementation 3,168,937yen
Project Outline
To enhance trilateral security cooperation among Japan, the United States, and the Republic of Korea (ROK), this project will bring together both officials and non-official policy experts from these three countries to participate in closed-door, Track II meetings in order to engage in a candid exchange of opinions on a variety of strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region. The themes will focus on the rapid rise of China and the growing tension on the Korean Peninsula due to an increasingly erratic North Korea, and how to address these two major issues. Based on these meetings, American, Japanese and Korean specialists will draft several papers with concrete policy recommendations, which will be printed and published on-line. The project is designed to help officials and policy experts from these three countries to understand both the rapidly changing strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific region and the perspectives of the other two countries on these changes. This project is jointly funded by SPF and Korean and American foundations.
Implementation Plan
The following activities will be implemented during the initial year of this three-year project.
  • Japan/U.S./Korea trilateral strategy meeting (October 2011, in Seoul):
    • Themes
      The focus of discussion will be the issues of the rise of China and an increasingly erratic North Korea as well as appropriate response measures of the U.S., Japan and the ROK to these challenges.
    • Participants
      About 30 accomplished and influential Japanese, American and Korean security and foreign policy experts and researchers will be selected to participate.
    • Core members
      Core members of this trilateral meeting will be selected who will help facilitate the discussion. Candidates include Masashi Nishihara (President, Research Institute for Peace and Security), Koji Murata (Doshisha University), Joseph Donovan (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), Scott Snyder (The Asia Foundation, USA), Hahm Chaibong (Asan Institute for Policy Studies, ROK), and Amb. Kim Yong-mok (ROK Consul-General in New York, ROK).
  • Report
    Discussions will be summarized in a report, which will be released on-line and widely circulated to the policy community and the general public in all three countries.
Project Results
This fiscal year, a closed-door Track II trilateral strategic dialogue was held in Seoul in October 2011. At the meeting, Japanese, U.S. and South Korean officials and experts in the field of politics, diplomacy and security
engaged in a constructive and candid exchange of opinions on how to address issues regarding China and North Korea. The outcome of the meeting was summarized in a report and circulated to Japanese, U.S., and South Korean experts, and a briefing event was also held in New York.

* Due to some unforeseen circumstances, SPF has terminated the grant for this project.