The U.S.-ROK security alliance at 60 Years: looking back, looking forward

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Kathleen Stephens, 2013–14 Koret Fellow, gave a talk on "The U.S.-ROK Security Alliance at 60 Years" on October 25, 2013.
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Debbie Warren

1953 saw both the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement and a Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Korea. The uneasy and incomplete peace, coupled with a formalized U.S.-ROK security alliance relationship, ushered in a new era on the Korean Peninsula. 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of these pivotal events. At a recent Korean Studies Colloquium, 2013–14 Koret Fellow, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, discussed the evolution of the bilateral alliance, its challenges and achievements, and major issues.