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PacNet #47R – Responses to PacNet #47 – Korea-Japan: Time for Outside Mediation?

America’s two closest allies in Asia are engaged in a heated territorial dispute that threatens to undermine regional stability and long-term US strategic interests. Given the stakes, some call on Washington to take a more direct role in mediating a diplomatic solution between South Korea and Japan over the Takeshima/Dokdo islets. As the "senior ally" and security guarantor of both parties, the US is in a unique position to encourage a positive outcome to the dispute.