Northeast Asia has long been and will remain one of the world's most important geopolitical regions, and events here directly impact US economic, political, and world order interests1. Thus region is unique because three of the world's four major powers (China, Japan, Russia) share common borders or close proximity Geography, always important, is critical in the case of the Korean peninsula. Uniquely situated among the three major Asian powers, Korea's pivotal geopolitical position has caused three major wars in a short span of 56 years that involved the armed forces of all four major powers2. Korea's geographical position remains crucial in the region. A hostile and divided Korean peninsula or a reunified Korean nation does not alter significantly the geostrategic equation among the four major powers. In fact, a unified and stronger Korea over the long-term could still aggravate relations among the regional powers, particularly with Japan.