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Trust Building in Northeast Asia: Enhancing Mutual Understanding between Korea and the United States

On July 1, 2010, NBR in partnership with the Korea Institute for Future Strategies (KiFS) hosted a public roundtable discussion at Johns Hopkins-SAIS entitled “Trust Building in Northeast Asia: Enhancing Mutual Understanding between Korea and the United States.”

The event was part of a three-year project examining factors that lead to trust and distrust in the U.S.-ROK relationship, and is based on NBR’s groundbreaking 2008 publication, entitled “Emerging leaders in East Asia: The Next Generation of Political Leadership in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.” The U.S. and Korean participants wrote and presented papers providing assessments of key issues, developments, and trends in American and Korean civil society, domestic politics, foreign and security policy, trade and economic policy, and academia from the perspective of how these developments might impact U.S.-ROK relations. Attention was given to the parallels and differences evidenced between U.S. and Korean approaches in recent years with the goal of enhancing mutual understanding.