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[REVIEW] Seoul Defense Dialogue 2019: Toward peace on the peninsula

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By Lee Dong-gyu

Lee Dong-gyu The Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD) 2019, hosted by the Ministry of National Defense of South Korea, took place at Lotte Hotel Seoul from September 4-6. The SDD is a multilateral security dialogue initiated in 2012 to promote peace and stability in Northeast Asia and to improve the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region.

Under the main theme of "Building Peace Together: Challenges and Visions," SDD 2019 had four plenary sessions and three special sessions.

The plenary sessions discussed the "Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula and International Cooperation," "Peace in Northeast Asia: Challenges and Tasks," "International Peacekeeping Operations and Humanitarian Assistance" and "National Strategy and Crisis Management in Cyberspace."

In addition, special sessions discussed "ASEAN: Regional Security and Balance," "International Cooperation for the Restoration of Peace in the Middle East" and the "Direction of Arms Control for the Establishment of Permanent Peace on the Korean Peninsula."

There was a profound change in the security environment on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia in 2018. The Korean government tried to establish confidence between South and North Korea and improve inter-Korean relations by implementing the "peace process on the Korean Peninsula."

Accordingly, the inter-Korean summits, the North Korea-U.S. summits and the Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA) have greatly eased military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and raised hopes for peace and prosperity in the region. Nonetheless, uncertainty and instability........

© The Korea Times