Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
The eleventh session of the Korea-U.S. West Coast Strategic Forum, held in Seoul on December 10, 2013, convened senior South Korean and American policymakers, scholars and regional experts to discuss North Korea policy and recent developments in the Korean peninsula. Hosted by the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, the Forum is also supported by the Korea National Diplomatic Academy.
Operating as a closed workshop under the Chatham House Rule of confidentiality, the Forum allows participants to engage in candid, in-depth discussion of current issues of vital national interest to both countries. The final report compiles details from the discussions and policy recommendations. Topics addressed include the political flux in Pyongyang as Kim Jong-un seeks to consolidate power, North’s Korea nuclear capacity, and the historical tension between Japan-Korea as China emerges as a more assertive regional power, and the U.S.-ROK alliance.