The U.S.-Japan Alliance and Rapid Change on the Korean Peninsula

Two-Day Conference

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, April 27, 2018, photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters

Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters

Monday, March 2:

1:00 PM to 4:30 PM PST

Tuesday, March 3:

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM PST


RAND Corporation
1776 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Complimentary parking at RAND.

About the Program

On March 2 and 3, 2020, RAND will host a two-day conference focused on the U.S.-Japan alliance and the Korean Peninsula. The event will feature keynote presentations by former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens (2008–2011) and former U.S. Forces Korea Commanding General Vincent K. Brooks (2016–2018). In addition, American and Japanese experts will present their assessments of where events are heading and the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance of the rapidly evolving situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Conference I: March 2

The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Changing Japan-South Korea Relationship

Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Kathleen Stephens

Amb. Kathleen STEPHENS

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, 2009–2011
President and CEO, Korea Economic Institute
The Importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance for the U.S.-ROK Alliance




Kanda University of International Studies
Japan’s Goals and Policy Options for Its Relations with South Korea

Jeffrey W. Hornung

Jeffrey W. HORNUNG

Political Scientist
RAND Corporation
The Implications of Japan-Korea Relations for the U.S.-Japan Alliance and U.S. National Interests and Security

Conference II: March 3

The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Continuing Threat Posed by North Korea

Keynote Speaker

Gen. Vincent Brooks

Gen. Vincent BROOKS (USA, retired)

Former Commanding General
U.S. Forces Korea, Combined Forces Command, and United Nations Command
The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the North Korean Threat


AKUTSU Hiroyasu

AKUTSU Hiroyasu

Senior Fellow
National Institute for Defense Studies
Japan’s View of the North Korea Challenge and How to Meet It

Soo Kim


Policy Analyst
RAND Corporation
The North Korea Military Challenge: A U.S. View

Moderator (Both Days)

Scott Harold

Senior Political Scientist
RAND Corporation

Register for this Event

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