CSIS Commission on the Korean Peninsula: Recommendations for the U.S.-Korea Alliance

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The U.S.-Korea alliance has faced headwinds in recent years generated by the shifting geopolitical dynamics of U.S.-China rivalry and transactional alliance issues, all while being unable to agree on common approaches to major security challenges concerning North Korea and China. This report—based on the work of a bipartisan commission of experts, scholars, and former U.S. officials organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)—offers concrete proposals for a journey of revitalizing the alliance in the areas of extended deterrence, global contributions, regional relations, denuclearization and peacebuilding on the peninsula, and trade and global governance.



The publication of this report is made possible by CSIS. The report drew from dialogues the commission members had with a broad scope of experts in the United States and South Korea, including seminars organized by the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies. The contents of this report reflect solely the views of the CSIS commission, though particular commissioners may have had individual views that vary on some recommendations.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Joseph S. Nye Jr.
University Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, and Former Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair