Australia and the Korean Crisis: Confronting the Limits of Influence?

Andrew O'Neil, Brendan Taylor, William Tow

    Research output: Working paper


    The apparent optimism surrounding the upcoming season of summitry on the Korean Peninsula should be tempered by the fact that there are potential risks attached to engaging the North Korean leadership without preconditions. These include legitimising its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs, alliance decoupling, and a serious deterioration in Asias strategic climate if the Trump-Kim summit fails to deliver concrete results.òòAustralian policy makers should look to develop a more integrated national approach to the Korean Peninsula. They should anticipate and prepare for a full range of possible outcomes. A clear definition and articulation of Australias considerable national interests in Northeast Asiaindependent from those of the USshould be derived.òòInitially, the Turnbull Government should begin a whole-of-government review, managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This process would identify and implement policy initiatives where Australia can pursue a distinctly national approach to safeguarding its long-term interests on the Korean Peninsula, including future bilateral relations with North Korea
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU College of Asia & the Pacific
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    ISSN (Print)2208-7311


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