Building Multi-Party Capacity for a WMD-free Korean Peninsula

A Multilateral Workshop

part of the Building Six-party Capacity project

April 27, 2007

Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing

Beijing, China

On April 27, 2007, foreign policy specialists and government officials from six nations gathered for a one-day workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss near-term prospects for strengthening the six-party process in order to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. Policy makers and academics from the United States, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Russia, and Australia explored various options for developing a viable framework for regional collaboration aimed at eliminating nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from the Korean Peninsula, while at the same time contributing to the establishment of an effective peace and security mechanism in Northeast Asia. During the workshop, participants also broke out into smaller discussion groups focused on key negotiating areas, namely peace and security, nuclear dismantlement and verification, and economic and energy cooperation.

The workshop was organized by the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA), with the help of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), located in Beijing, and the East Asia Foundation, based in Seoul. The Beijing gathering was the third and final workshop in a series sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of a three-year IFPA project on how best to equip the six-party process to act as a guarantor of regional security, a monitor of compliance with non-proliferation rules, a provider of assistance to North Korea, and an overall facilitator of a WMD-free and unified Korean Peninsula. Nuclear Matters in North Korea: Building a Multilateral Response for Future Stability in Northeast Asia, a monograph published in 2008, explains the findings of the three-year study; see sidebar or Publications & Presentations for details.