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The Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) made public a proposal, "The Denuclearization of North Korea and the Restoration of Peace in the Korean Peninsula― Correct Perceptions and Eight Proposals on Japan's North Korea Diplomacy-".

I. An Assessment of the US-North Korea Summit

(Agreement on a large framework)

There are varied assessments of the June 12, 2018 US-North Korea Summit and of the Joint Statement ("Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit") derived from the Summit. The most predominant views are that the Summit and the Joint Statement fell short of expectations that the US and North Korean leaders could reach some concrete agreement on the denuclearization of North Korea, and that CVID (complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization) might be referred to in the text of the Statement. As for the most focal issue of North Korea's denuclearization, the Summit barely included a short statement, "Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." The Joint Statement maintains complete silence about the definition of "denuclearization," a possible road map, or a specific timeline.

Although the Joint Statement does not include any reference to concrete procedures for North Korea's denuclearization, its significance lies in the fact that the document specifies a large framework for the US-North Korea deal. The Joint Statement draws attention to its four commitment clauses.* However, the most important part of the document is the statement in a preceding paragraph, "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." This represents a scheme of trading "security guarantees" with "complete denuclearization." Also important is that the Joint Statement specifies the continuation of negotiations to implement the outcome of the bilateral Summit.

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"Taiwan Identity and Cross-Strait Relations" and "Trump's Taiwan Policy and the Future of Taiwan-US Relations" -Discussion at The Second Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue (June 21, 2018, Taipei)-
OGATA, Makoto
Former Chief of the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in Taipei

The Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) and The Prospect Foundation held a Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue in Taipei on June 21, 2018 --- a sequel to the same-titled conference held last year. The SSDP delegates took this occasion to visit to Taiwanese leading figures. Two years have elapsed since the inauguration of the Tsai Ing-wen administration, and President Tsai has passed the half-way mark of her first term. Public support for the administration is still stagnant, and the prospects for the betterment of cross-strait relations are not visible, while China is increasing its unconcealed pressure on Taiwan. On the other hand, the Tsai administration finds a hope in US-Taiwan relations comparatively rich in forward-looking topics. The focal topics of the recent bilateral dialogue were "Taiwan Identity and Cross-Strait Relations" and "Trump's Taiwan Policy and the Future of Taiwan-US Relations." The following is a recapitulation of discussions between the two sides.

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Japan-Taiwan Dialogue 2018 Minutes
21st June 2018, Taipei, Taiwan.

The Prospect Foundation, Taiwan, in association with the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP), Japan held the Japan-Taiwan Dialogue 2018. This dialogue was attended by prominent academics, and a number of government officials who deliberated and shared views in two key sessions –

  • Taiwan identity and Cross-Strait Relations: Current Status, Challenges, and the Way forward.
  • Trump's Taiwan Policy and the Future of Taiwan – U.S. Relations

Opening remarks were provided by Dr. Tan-Sun Chen, Chairman, The Prospect Foundation and Mr. Masahiro Akiyama, President, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies.

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Letter

2018 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue
Masahiro Akiyama
Director, Akiyama Associates

I participated in the 2018 Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue held in Taipei on August 30, 2018. The Prospect Foundation, Center for a New American Security and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation co-hosted the dialogue. In fact, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs planned and hosted the dialogue as a Taiwan-US-Japan trilateral meeting that is held every year.

This 2018 Dialogue was held under the title "Promoting a Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region". In addition to the three countries mentioned above experts from India and Australia also participated this time.

Taiwan has previously not necessarily commited itself deeply to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy (FOIP) that Japan and the US have advocated, but this time Taiwan made clear its positive stance saying that Taiwan has much to contribute to the FOIP.

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Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP)

China is rising and may become a regional hegemon in not-so- distant future. Ascending India and the resurgence of Russia also illustrate the fact that we face a rapid power transition in Asia. Against this backdrop, Japan, as a major regional power, and its security strategy and diplomatic policy will be put to the test. With this in mind, the Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded in October, 2016. The SSDP will also conduct public diplomacy through its research projects. Japanese foreign relations vis-à- vis the neighboring states are likely to mark a new chapter in the near future and therefore, our research endeavors and other activities will be consequential.

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  • The 12th SSDP discussion session was held on September 27 to discuss economic problems Japan is facing.
  • The 11th SSDP discussion session was held on June 18 to discuss " North Korea's problem after the historical US-North Korea Summit Meeting ".
  • The 10th SSDP discussion session was held on June 14 to discuss " North Korea's problem after the historical US-North Korea Summit Meeting".
  • The 2nd Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Tokyo on March 10.
  • The 9th SSDP discussion session was held on February 16 to discuss " The Network Hegemony Theory for a Security Architecture in The Asia Pacific Region ".
  • The 8th SSDP discussion session was held on December18 to discuss "Destabilized Middle East".
  • The 7th SSDP discussion session was held on October 9 to discuss "19th CCP National Congress".
  • A special session was held on October 8 to hear a lecture on "Problems in Sino-Japanese Relations, 1992-2042"
  • The 6th SSDP discussion session was held on September 28 to hear a lecture on the Future of the Asia-Pacific Region.
  • A special session was held on September 19 to discuss a New Trend in India's Foreign Policy and Japan.
  • The 5th SSDP discussion session was held on July 20 to discuss an economic interdependence and its action on politics
  • A special session was held on June 30 to discuss The prospect of European politics and its implication on the Japan"s diplomatic policy
  • The 4 th SSDP discussion session was held on May 31 to discuss the two great powers, the US and China, and the implication on Japan's diplomatic policy.
  • The Japan-Taiwan Strategic Dialogue was held in Taipei on May 15 to discuss the Trump administration's influence on the region, in particular Taiwan.
  • The Japan-Philippines Strategic Dialogue was held in Manila on January 31 to discuss the strategic environments for each country and the two countries' cooperation.
  • The third SSDP discussion session was held on January 23, 2017 to discuss Abenomics and Trump.
  • The second SSDP discussion session was held on December 7, 2016 to discuss Trump and his security policy.
  • The first SSDP discussion session was held on October 14, 2016 to discuss the Korean Peninsula issues.
  • Society of Security and Diplomatic Policy Studies (SSDP) was founded by AKIYAMA Associates (Masahiro Akiyama, president) in October, 2016.
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