Leading the Way: USINDOPACOM's Role Amid South Korean-Japanese Tensions
NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI NEWPORT United States
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Following the Korean War, the US forged an Asian alliance structure with South Korea and Japan. This structure served as the foundation for todays regional security framework, which still serves to deter North Korean and Chinese aggression. Unfortunately, recently escalating tensions between South Korea and Japan threaten to undo that security framework. This paper argues that US policymakers should leverage USINDOPACOM amid these escalating tensions to maintain a working relationship between these key alliance partners. Policymakers should leverage USINDOPACOM because US strategy requires healthy relationships between alliance partners to succeed, because the South Korean-Japanese relationship requires outside intervention to function, and because operational-level intervention offers opportunities unavailable at the strategic-political level. The paper goes on to recommend solutions USINDOPACOM can implement to strengthen the alliance structure.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Forces and Organizations