CSIS Experts Participate in Seoul “Track 1.5” Dialogues

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013-- The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) participated in a track 1.5 meeting with representatives from South Korea and China in Seoul, South Korea. The meeting was hosted by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) of the Korean National Diplomatic Academy with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) making up the Chinese contingent.

The participants engaged in three sessions of discussion focused on peace and stability on the Korean peninsula, denuclearization, and trust-building in Northeast Asia. The tenor of the discussions was candid and collegial.

All parties agreed on the need to seek denuclearization of the peninsula as a foundation for peace and cooperation in the region and agreed on the important roles of Japan and Russia in this process. The three delegations also discussed the obstacles and potential opportunities for a return to diplomacy.

The CSIS delegation was composed of Victor Cha, Senior adviser and Korea Chair, CSIS and Professor, Georgetown University, Michael Green, Senior Vice-President and Japan Chair, CSIS and Associate Professor, Georgetown University, Chris Johnson, Senior Adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies, CSIS, and Keith Luse, former advisor to Senator Richard Lugar.

Members of the three governments also participated in the day-long seminar.


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