The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled relations with North and South Korea

Capitol Hill Briefing
March 31, 2005 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

B-354 Rayburn House Office Building

Featuring Ted Galen Carpenter, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute

North Korea has declared itself a nuclear state, insisting that the time for negotiation has ended. Meanwhile, the South Korean government intends to cut its military forces, increasing its dependence on American troops even though many South Koreans resent America’s influence and military presence.

The United States should respond by pursuing bilateral and multilateral talks with North Korea, yet prepare for the possibility that Pyongyang will develop a nuclear arsenal. Additionally, American forces should be withdrawn from South Korea, as their presence neither increases regional security nor remains in America’s interests. Please join our experts, authors of the new book The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea for a discussion of United States policy toward the Koreas.