US Strategies for Regional Security

Regional Approaches to Proliferation Prevention
October 25-27, 2001
Warrenton, Virginia

Meeting Description

Making Headway on the Korean Peninsula (PDF 165 KB)
Report from the Korean Peninsula working group.

It may seem that the new realities of transnational terrorism and the global "war on terror" require a purely global focus in conceptualizing US foreign and security policies over the long term. However, sound regional security frameworks can provide essential economic, political, and military foundations for making global security initiatives workable.

In October 2001, the Stanley Foundation invited US officials and policy experts to consider US foreign policy and defense strategies for achieving regional security in four major areas of the world: Europe; the Middle East and Persian Gulf; South Asia; and within Northeast Asia, the Korean peninsula. For each separate working group, two to three participants were asked prior to the conference to author "thought-pieces" or short policy briefs on US foreign policy options. Chairs of each working group were then asked to write their own short reports.

For Northeast Asia, special attention was given to the problems of the Korean peninsula because it represents one of the few Cold War territorial and ideological divisions still operating. As such, it is a de facto obstacle to further progress toward a wider multilateral security framework in East and Southeast Asia.