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June 2018

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The Korean Peninsula: Three Dangerous Scenarios

Earlier this month, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Should follow-on talks fail to resolve key issues, the military situation in Korea could remain very dangerous.

What security challenges should the United States prepare for on the Korean Peninsula? A new RAND paper analyzes three major issues: the implications of a large, survivable North Korean nuclear force; the challenges of North Korean artillery that can threaten Seoul from the Kaesong Heights; and the issues involved with a potential mission to secure loose nuclear weapons after a North Korean collapse. The paper concludes that U.S. capabilities are insufficient to meet projected needs in these areas and argues that existing operational concepts must be rethought.

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Managing International Borders: Balancing Security with the Licit Flow of People and Goods

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