Obama Administration and U.S.-ROK Policy Challenges

President Obama’s inauguration one week from today invites us to consider the
immediate agenda and outlook for U.S.-ROK relations. That agenda might usefully
address the following items:

  • Setting an appropriate tone and atmosphere for the bilateral relationship
  • Identifying first year goals for the alliance – and beyond
  • Crafting a mutually agreed vision and strategy for managing the challenges posed
  • by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, economic frailty and looming succession
  • Confirming and strengthening overall alliance and security policy
  • Finding a way to proceed on KORUS – the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement