The Liancourt Rocks, known as Dokdo (or Tokto, literally "solitary island") in Korean, as Takeshima (literally "bamboo island") in Japanese.
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Caught Between Two Allies: The United States and the Japan/South Korea Island Dispute of Takeshima/Dokdo
Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
December 13, 2012
|Speaker:||Terence Roehrig, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom|
Related Project: International Security
For decades, Japan and South Korea have had a dispute over a small group of islands that are almost midway between the two countries. The Japanese name for the islands is Takeshima while South Korea calls them Dokdo. There are many island disputes in Asia, but this one is unique because it involves two U.S. allies. For decades, the U.S. position on the dispute has been that it does not take a position on the sovereignty of the Liancourt Rocks, the name used by Washington, and will welcome any outcome agreed to by both Japan and South Korea. In fall 2012, the dispute escalated and relations between Seoul and Tokyo hit historic lows. Some began to call for Washington to step in and help solve the dispute, a course of action that is fraught with danger. This seminar will explore the history of U.S. involvement in the dispute and any possible role Washington might be able to play to settle or manage the matter.
Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.
ISP Program Coordinator
International Security Program, 79 John F. Kennedy St., Mailbox 53, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
HARVARD Kennedy School