[japan@ihj] Trilateral Cooperation Between the United States, Japan, and South Korea Toward Stabilization of the Korean Peninsula

  • Speaker: Peter M. Beck, CFR-Hitachi Fellow
  • Moderator: Soeya Yoshihide, Professor, Keio University
  • Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 7:00pm-
  • Venue: Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
  • Admission: Free
  • Language: English (no Japanese translation provided)

China and North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior has created an opportunity for improving trilateral security cooperation between the United States, Japan and South Korea. Moreover, the current leaders in the three countries make it possible to improve cooperation and coordination over a range of issues, including humanitarian assistance and human rights. After reviewing the record on trilateral cooperation over the past few years, Dr. Beck will assess in this lecture the extent to which further efforts could be made. In particular, he will address the issue of whether it is time to revive or create more formal trilateral institutions, such as the Trilateral Cooperation and Oversight Group (TCOG).

Peter M. Beck

Peter M. BeckPeter M. Beck is the Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi Research Fellow at Keio University’s Institute of East Asian Studies. He also teaches at American University in Washington, D.C. and Ewha Womans University in Seoul. Previously, he was the Pantech Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Asia Pacific Research Center. He has served as the executive director of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and directed the International Crisis Group’s Northeast Asia Project in Seoul. He was also the Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. He has also served as a member of the Ministry of Unification’s Policy Advisory Committee and as a columnist for Donga Ilbo, Weekly Chosun, and The Korea Herald. He has published over 100 academic and short articles and testified before Congress. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, completed the Korean language program at Seoul National University, and conducted his graduate studies at U.C. San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.