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Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. Vision of "Peace Through Strength"

In their essay released on the eve of Donald Trump’s election victory, Peter Navarro and Alexander Gray stated that the new president would reappraise U.S. national interests on the one hand, but also work closely with countries sharing Washington’s goals. Questions remain as to how those two goals would be realized in Europe and the Middle East, but for Japan and South Korea, there is growing confidence that the United States will continue to build upon the existing alliances in the Asia-Pacific region. But what does the new administration’s policy of “America First” mean for regional security and economic growth in the future? Join us for a discussion on how Seoul and Tokyo view the first few weeks of the Trump administration, and what to expect in the future.




  • Byeonggu Lee

    Associate Professor of Military Strategy, Korea National Defense University and Visiting Scholar, US-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University
  • Yoichiro Sato

    professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University College of Asia Pacific Studies