6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Korea's Growing Role in Asia: Regional Cooperation and National Unification

South Korea's geopolitical position dictates that the country needs to maintain a strong alliance with the US while exploring a harmonious partnership with China to protect and pursue its national interests. Preventing excessive conflicts between China and Japan also serves the interests of South Korea in terms of preserving peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

President Park Geun-hye has visited Beijing to attend a historic ceremony to commemorate the anti-Japanese War while proposing to resume the triangular summit diplomacy among Korea, China, and Japan. President Park is also scheduled to visit Washington. D.C. soon to meet with President Obama to discuss issues of mutual concern including the denuclearization of North Korea. On the Korean Peninsula, she is pursuing a trust-building process with North Korea to achieve the goal of peaceful national unification.

Wilson Center Global Fellow Dr. Park Jin will speak on Korea's growing role in Asia and what it means for regional cooperation and national reunification. Some of the questions to be explored in this presentation include:

  • How does the U.S. policy of rebalance to Asia work to promote peace and stability in Korea and the region?
  • What should be achieved in the upcoming summit meeting between President Park and President Obama?
  • Will China play a more active role to dissuade North Korea from dangerous course of action?
  • What are the impacts of Japan's proactive foreign and security policy under Abe government on the regional security environment?


  • Jin Park

    Global Fellow
    Executive President, Asia Future Institute; Former Member, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea
  • James Person

    Global Fellow
    Professor of Korean Studies and Asia Programs, JHU SAIS; Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS