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Council on Foreign Relations Korea Update
March 2012

2012 Nuclear Security Summit and South Korean Nuclear Interests

Fred McGoldrick

Ahead of the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit scheduled for March 26 and 27, Fred McGoldrick, partner at the international consulting firm Bengelsdorf, McGoldrick, and Associates, LLC, discusses South Korea's goals for the event.

Like other participating states, South Korea views the primary goal of the second Nuclear Security Summit as securing vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide and preventing acts of nuclear terrorism. However, Seoul also seeks to address the North Korean nuclear threat, restore confidence in nuclear safety and power, and make progress in negotiating a new peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States. Read the Reportยป


U.S.-South Korea Relations

Why the United States Needs South Korea

Edited by Scott A. Snyder, The U.S.-South Korea Alliance: Meeting New Security Challenges evaluates the possibilities for enhanced U.S.-ROK cooperation in maritime security, counterterrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, outer space, pandemics and biological threats, climate change, peacekeeping, and postconflict stabilization and reconstruction, as well as development assistance and humanitarian aid. In doing so, the book establishes why South Korea is one of the strongest partners for the United States. Read an Excerpt »

From Aid to Development Partnership

As the United States and South Korea examine how to improve their respective international development programs, they should seize the opportunity to establish a new system of partnerships between aid recipients and donors, as well as enhance donor coordination, argue Snyder and Seukhoon Paul Choi. Read the Report »

North Korea: Deja Vu or a New Beginning?

Satellite Launch and a "Hostile" International Response

Despite North Korean appeals to the United States to change its "hostile policy," a North Korean satellite launch may scuttle any future prospects for improved U.S.-DPRK relations, argues Snyder. Read More on Asia Unbound »

Refugees a Hindrance to Denuclearization?

China's recent repatriation of thirty North Koreans has inspired South Korean and U.S. protests. However, China has not been alone in its "willful blindness" toward the plight of such refugees, says Snyder. Read More on Asia Unbound »

History's Lesson: Nuclear Program Here to Stay

Anyone with a long-term memory (or access to Google) should be deeply skeptical of the latest U.S. agreement with North Korea, and the latter's promises regarding its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, argues CFR Fellow for Conflict Prevention Micah Zenko. Read More on Politics, Power, and Preventive Action »

Challenges for the Next U.S. President

North Korea may be on the verge of a "transformative moment" that will require the time, attention, and resources of the winner of the U.S. presidential election, says Snyder. Watch the Video »

Reading the North Korea Deal

North Korea's decision to suspend nuclear tests in exchange for U.S. food aid may pave the way for resumption of the Six Party Talks on denuclearization, but the deal is unlikely to yield significant progress, says Snyder. Read the Article »

CFR's Korea Program in the News

Reuters: "US Warns North Korea Satellite Launch Could Scrap Nuclear, Food Deals" (March 16, 2012)

Bloomberg: "North Korea Orchestra in Paris Shows Kim Jong Un Opening Window on World" (March 8, 2012)

Washington Times: "North Korea Nuke Concessions Raise Doubt" (February 29, 2012)



The Program on U.S.-Korea Policy

The program on U.S.-Korea policy was established at the Council on Foreign Relations in September 2011. It aims to strengthen the U.S.-Korea relationship by providing relevant policy recommendations and promoting dialogue on sensitive bilateral, regional, and global issues facing the two countries. The program acknowledges the generous support it has received from the Smith Richardson Foundation, Korea Foundation, and South Korean private sponsors, including Hyundai Motors, Korea International Trade Association, and the Federation of Korean Industries. It also acknowledges with thanks additional support received from individual donor Sandor Hau.

Scott A. Snyder, Director
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Darcie Draudt, Research Associate


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