U.S.-ROK Cooperation in Korean Unification: A Stabilization Framework

Even under peaceful conditions, external and internal actors will inevitably influence the Korean unification process. Avoiding the potentially destabilizing effects of unification will require efforts to ensure that foreign actors act supportively through the process. As South Korea pursues engagement with North Korea, thinking about unification through a stabilization framework can provide critical clues on navigating major challenges that unification might bring.

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PATRICK M. CRONIN
Patrick M. Cronin holds Hudson Institute’s Asia-Pacific Security Chair. He was previously senior adviser and senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security .

MARCUS NOLAND
Marcus Noland is executive vice president and director of studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. His research addresses a wide range of topics at the interstice of economics, political science, and international relations.

GILBERT ROZMAN
Gilbert Rozman is the Emeritus Musgrave Professor of Sociology and the editor-in-chief of The Asan Forum, a bi-monthly, on-line journal on international relations in the Indo-Pacific region.

KATHLEEN STEPHENS
Kathleen Stephens is the president and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America. A career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, she served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea between 2008 and 2011.

CHUNG MIN LEE
Chung Min Lee is a senior fellow in Carnegie’s Asia Program. He is an expert on Korean and Northeast Asian security, defense, intelligence, and crisis management.