One relationship in the Asia-Pacific region that attracts far less attnetion than others, but that can have equally far-reaching effects on regional security, is the relationship among the United States, Japan, and Korea--the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) today and a unified Korea sometime in the future. This three-way relationship has a profound impact on the broader geopolitical environment and other crucial linkages in the region. In the future, a unified Korea that abandons the close security partnership the South now enjoys with the United States or that views Japan as its primary threat would destabilize regional security. Alternatively, a unified Korea that maintains close, constructive security relations with both the United States and Japan contributes positively to regional stability. In this volume, contributors from the United States, Japan, and the ROK address the challenges and benefits of developing a close, cooperative, strategic relationship and explain why the creation of a "virtual alliance"--through maintaining the U.S. alliances with Japan and Korea and through strengthening bilateral security cooperation between Tokyo and Seoul--is both possible and essntial for long-term peace and stability in the region.
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Ralph A. Cossa is executive director of Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu and a member of the steering committee of the multinational Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). He is the editor of Restructuring the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Toward a More Equal Partnership (CSIS, 1997) and Asia Pacific Confidence and Security Building Measures (CSIS, 1995).Review:
"Both the United States and Japan are important partners in ensuring peace and stability in Korea and in this region as a while. It is difficult to think of a security framework that does not take into account these two powers. Therefore...this volume (is) extremely timely and will surely contribute in meaningful ways to the shaping of further security policies in Korea, the United States, and Japan for the coming century." -- Romyung Gong, Senior Adviser to the Ministry of Unification, Republic of Korea
"In a period of great fluidity in Northeast Asia, in both domestic and regional relations, this work offers an in-depth analysis of the crucial U.S.-Korea-Japan relationship, alert to both obstacles and advances. The China, Russia, and North Korea factors also receive extensive attention. The reader will benefit greatly, being presented with diverse perspectives--realistic, sophisticated, and multifaceted." -- Robert A. Scalapino, Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley
"The U.S.-Japan and the U.S.-ROK alliances have long served to stabilize East Asia. There was, however, a missing link in the U.S.-Japan-ROK triangle: Japan-ROK security relations. By promoting creative trilateral security dialogues, this volume represents a significant breakthrough and is essential reading for policymakers in a three countries." -- Motoo Shiina, Member, Japanese Diet
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