South Korea’s New Southern Policy and the United States Indo-Pacific Strategy
Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance
WHEN Thursday | 22 Jul, 7:00 AM-9:15 AM
In 2017, the South Korean government unveiled its New Southern Policy (NSP) to promote greater cooperation with countries in Southeast Asia and India. This comes at a time when other major powers, China and the United States in particular, have also turned their attention towards Southeast and South Asia. Does the Moon government’s NSP reflect greater foreign policy autonomy or opportunities for increased alignment with the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy? Are there specific areas of policy convergence in U.S.-South Korea relations as Washington and Seoul seek greater engagement with ASEAN members? How might Beijing perceive enhanced U.S.-ROK cooperation in Southeast Asia?
A series of panelists, including Andrew Yeo, Yoon Ah Oh, and Ji-Young Lee, will address these questions and evaluate the NSP and its significance to South Korean foreign policy and its appropriateness for alignment with other broader Indo-Pacific strategies at this Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation event.