Strengthening the U.S.-ROK Alliance: A Blueprint for the 21st Century
September 30, 2003
The report, the result of discussions among a distinguished panel of Americans and South Koreans, focuses on recent events that have shaken the U.S.-ROK Alliance. First and foremost, the crisis over North Korea's nuclear program demonstrates that a U.S. military presence remains necessary to defend the integrity of the Republic of Korea. The two countries also share a commitment to liberal democracy, open economic markets, human rights, a free press and the rule of law. On top of that, the United States and the ROK enjoy extensive economic ties. Finally, there are close cultural bonds; almost two million Koreans have immigrated to the United States and the numbers continue to grow.