North Korea…What’s Next?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
2:00-3:30 pm

US-Asia Institute
232 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003

In April 2017, North Korea launched another missile into Sea of Japan (East Sea). This event is North Korea’s third missile test this year since Trump’s presidency. These continuous missile tests under Kim Jong-un have escalated geopolitical tensions in the Korean peninsula and among neighboring countries, pushing President Trump to say, “All options are on the table.” In East Asia, Japan considers the North Korean missile tests as imminent threats, and there is a growing sentiment within Japan that demands stronger preemptive defensive mechanisms. South Korea has called for the accelerated deployment of THAAD system, a move that China opposes publicly as a threat to its security interests.

The US-Asia Institute hosted an off-the-record discussion featuring experts from the United States, Japan, China, and South Korea to discuss the North Korean missile tests and their threat to security in East Asia. The experts identified concerns and goals that are unique and shared by each country and shared their views on a feasible, collective strategy that can ensure peace and stability in East Asia.


Jae. H. Ku
Director, U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS

Takashi Gomi
Visiting Fellow, Japan Chair at CSIS, Ministry of Defense

Keir A. Lieber
Associate Professor, Georgetown University

Alison Szalwinski
Assistant Director, Political and Security Affairs
National Bureau of Asian Research