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- 저작자 미상 (저작물 2267371 건)
Mr. Scott Snyder‚
Ladies and Gentlemen‚
I am delighted to be here with you‚ the leading academics and experts on the Korea issues in the U.S.‚ to discuss the Northeast Asia Peace and Cooperation Initiative (NAPCI) which is one of the main pillars of the foreign policy of the Park Geun-hye Government. I thank the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies for jointly organizing this important meeting.
Today’s meeting has special significance as it is hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations‚ a world renowned think tank inaugurated in the wake of World War I inspired by Woodrow Wilson's internationalism. Over the past century‚ the Council has indeed played a critical role in every historic moment when the world witnessed a major paradigm shift in international relations.
I hope and expect that we will benefit from your insight and wisdom in the pursuit of our goal envisioned by the initiative; that is‚ building a structure of endurable peace and trust in Northeast Asia where a dramatic change in the political landscape is now taking place.
Political Situation in Northeast Asia and NAPCI
Today‚ Northeast Asia is transforming into an arena of competition for 'offensive realism'‚ a concept introduced by Professor John Mearsheimer. The showdown rages on among countries in the region driven by self-interests.
The source of tension in the East China Sea has yet to be resolved‚ while regional conflict arising from Japan’s historical revisionism is continuing to increase.
The Gordian knot has yet to be untied also on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea‚ which has been posing a serious threat to regional security with its nuclear tests‚ is still engaging in a series of provocations. Since last February‚ North Korea has fired over 270 rockets and missiles.
We believe that the source of such tension and conflict lies in a deficit of trust. The lack of mutual trust is leading to a security dilemma in Northeast Asia. We are witnessing a vicious cycle of conflict among countries in the region mistrusting each other and‚ in turn‚ pursuing self-seeking actions.
Shaping a bright future of cooperation and harmony is impossible unless an infrastructure of trust is built in the region. It is for this reason that the Park Geun-hye Government has been pursuing NAPCI‚ an initiative to transform the culture of mistrust and confrontation in the region into that of reconciliation and cooperation by accumulating practices and habits of dialogue and cooperation in the areas where cooperation is relatively easy and the burden of participation is less.
Answers to Key Questions on NAPCI
As the basic concept and approaches of NAPCI will be further elaborated by the Korean experts at the sessions to follow‚ I would like to lead off the discussions by sharing my thoughts on the key questions that were raised on the initiative on previous occasions such as this one held in Korea and abroad.
The first and most frequently asked question on NAPCI was‚ “How does it differ from the Northeast Asian initiatives of Korea’s previous administrations?”
In a nutshell‚ previous initiatives resorted to a top-down approach based on political agreements among leaders‚ rather than building trust by pursuing concrete cooperation projects. Therefore‚ they were never implemented in full. Some focused on traditional security issues‚ while others sought to establish a regional security and economic community. It proved to be difficult to achieve tangible outcomes as they were too broad in concept and too grand in scale.
NAPCI‚ on the other hand‚ focuses on harnessing high-level political will‚ while accumulating practices and habits of dialogue and cooperation on small but important‚ non-traditional‚ soft security
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