About the Project
The sharpening geostrategic competition between the United States and China remains the most consequential challenge facing South Korea. How the South Korean government responds will have longstanding domestic, regional, and global ramifications. Effective U.S.-South Korea alliance coordination vis-à-vis China will require a deeper dialogue to address South Korean concerns and strengthen cooperation with the United States on policy toward China.
The project on Bolstering U.S.-South Korean Cooperation to Meet the China Challenge will evaluate South Korea’s options and choices in the context of the rising U.S.-China rivalry and critically evaluate five topics that have the most direct relevance to expanded policy coordination between Seoul and Washington: 1) supply chain resiliency and the securitization of technological development; 2) promotion of joint development of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI); 3) upholding shared democratic values and human rights priorities; 4) strengthening U.S. and South Korean approaches toward Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific; and 5) joint strategies for crisis management in the context of a cross-strait contingency or regional conflict.
The project will result in a book, as well as articles, policy briefings, and meetings, that will assess the extent to which U.S. and South Korean policymakers can better align and coordinate policies toward China in these five critical areas.
This project is made possible through the support of the Smith Richardson Foundation.