December 16, 2011
The Pacific Forum brought together a small, select group of South Korean and US security specialists for the third time to discuss concerns about the changing strategic environment in East Asia and the nature of extended deterrence. While the focus was on security, there was unanimous agreement that the Obama administration and US Congress need to move forward expeditiously on the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement. Passing the KORUS FTA now would help to broaden and deepen the ROK-US relationship, provide reassurance of continuing US commitment, and help facilitate its passage in the ROK National Assembly. Failure to do so would represent a serious setback for the Lee Myung-Baek government and for US credibility.