South Korea: A Driver for Cooperative Security in Northeast Asia?

Focus Asia November 30, 2015, No. 15

With regional security trends in Northeast Asia tending towards rising uncertainty and risk, the region is urgently in need of a new security model. This paper outlines why South Korea must assume a pivotal role in engaging regional actors and actively shaping the security architecture towards a more cooperative approach. While Seoul’s Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative represents a good start in this regard, it faces a number of obstacles that need to be addressed if it is to become a more effective format.

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