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The Korea Now Podcast

Jan 4, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Terence Roehrig. They speak about the Cold War origins of America’s nuclear umbrella, how this nuclear deterrent relates to South Korea, the history of American nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, how the nuclear umbrella is seen inside South Korea, the impact it has had on North Korean behaviour, the theory behind such a deterrence mechanism, North Korea’s own military and nuclear capability, the security landscape and calculations concerning the peninsula, and how this nuclear umbrella remains important for the Korean theatre beyond its military component.

As well as being a past president of the Association of Korean Political Studies, Terence Roehrig is a Professor of National Security Affairs and the Director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Group at the U.S. Naval War College. Terence is the author of ‘From Deterrence to Engagement: The U.S. Defense Commitment to South Korea’,Korean Dispute over the Northern Limit Line: Security, Economics, or International Law?’, and pertinent to this podcast ‘Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War’ (

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