Amidst COVID-19 and its fallout, policymakers are confronted with newly emergent issues alongside preexisting ones. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Korean Peninsula.
As the pandemic spreads, US-DPRK talks remain stalled, inter-Korean relations persist as mostly one-sided, and North Korea has continued to test and refine its military capabilities as well as ratchet up its rhetoric. Furthermore, COVID-19 has intensified a growing US-China strategic competition, competition which enhances the importance of democratic allies such as South Korea. Simply put, US involvement on the Korean Peninsula remains as deep and complex as ever.
The Stimson Center and Stimson’s 38 North program, working with the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, presents a webinar to discuss Korean peace and security issues and the importance of the US commitment to the Korean Peninsula. The webinar, part of a larger series around the country, offers a virtual conversation with featured speakers: Gen. (Ret.) Walter Sharp, former Commander, US Forces Korea (2008-2011) and former President of the Korea Defense Veterans Association (KDVA); and Jenny Town, a Stimson Fellow and the Deputy Director of Stimson’s 38 North, a website devoted to providing policy and technical analysis on North Korea. Based on both speakers’ experience and expertise, the webinar will offer informed commentary and engage audience members on the importance of the US relationship with the Korean Peninsula.
From a decades-old military alliance to deep economic ties and a large and vibrant Korean-American community, the linkages between the United States and Korea are as important as they have ever been.