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Issues & Insights Vol. 10 – No. 19

The Pacific Forum convened a Young Leaders Trilateral Roundtable with representation from the United States, South Korea, and Japan to discuss respective country responses to a leadership transition scenario in North Korea. Our starting point was Kim Jong-il’s death and subsequent events unfolding inside North Korea that demanded diplomatic, military, and humanitarian responses. Each team was asked first to identify and prioritize their country’s top concerns, to assess expectations of other countries in the region, and develop a short-term action plan to respond to the concerns. After completing their individual action plans, the teams were brought together to discuss their plans and identify areas of convergence and divergence between them and to determine what was needed to ensure effective cooperation in responding the situation.