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"The U.S.-ROK Alliance as an Asia-Pacific Alliance? Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in U.S. Policy," with Professor Yasuyo Sakata


Part of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies' Visiting Scholar Roundtable Series

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Chung-wen Shih Conference Room: 1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20052


Sigur Center visiting scholar, Yasuyo Sakata, will discuss the U.S.-ROK alliance, its origin and potential as an “Asia-Pacific alliance,” which includes roles on the Korean Peninsula but also beyond. Since the inception of the U.S.-ROK alliance in 1953, after the Korean War, the foremost and primary focus of the alliance has been and continues to be on the Korean peninsula and North Korea. In other words, it has essentially been a “local alliance” or “peninsular alliance.” But the U.S.-ROK alliance has evolved and is now an indispensable part of the U.S. alliance network in the Asia-Pacific. The alliance has been redefined in recent years by the Alliance Joint Vision 2009 to consider roles for regional and global security. The future direction of the alliance will have an impact on the security architecture in the region. Professor Sakata’s presentation will focus on the role of the U.S.-ROK alliance in the “Asia-Pacific” region, analyzing historical and contemporary perspectives in U.S. policy from 1953 to the present, and consider the potential as well as limits of the alliance as a regional alliance in Asia-Pacific security.

Yasuyo Sakata is a Professor of International Relations at the Kanda University of International Studies in Japan and a current visiting scholar at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. She received her M.A. from Keio University. She was a Security Studies Program fellow at the Research Institute of Peace and Security (RIPS) in Tokyo, and a visiting researcher at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University (Seoul). She has participated in various study groups and projects at the Japan Ministry of Defense and think-tanks/organizations such as the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo Foundation, Stimson Center, National Security Archives (GWU). She has published numerous books and monographs on Korean Peninsula/East Asia security, U.S.-Japan/U.S.-ROK alliance, Japan-Korea relations, and U.S.-Japan-Korea security cooperation, such as T. Inoguchi, G. John Ikenberry and Yoichiro Sato, eds., The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Robert A. Wampler, ed., Trilateralism and Beyond: Great Power Politics and the Korean Security Dilemma During and After the Cold War (Kent State U. Press, 2012.) .), The Tokyo Foundation Asia Security Project, Japan’s Security Strategy toward China (2011), Yuki Tatsumi, ed., Japan’s Foreign Policy Challenges in East Asia (The Stimson Center, 2014).


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