Senior Director, Congressional Affairs & Trade

Troy Stangarone

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Troy Stangarone joined the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in December of 2005 and is the Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade. He oversees KEI’s trade and economic related initiatives, as well as the Institute’s relations with Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC trade community. As part of his broader portfolio he serves as the editor for KEI’s flagship publication, Korea’s Economy, and oversees KEI’s blog, The Peninsula. He was also a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Mr. Stangarone has written extensively and has been widely quoted on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean trade and foreign policy, and North Korea. His work has appeared in publications such as the Seattle Times, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the International Journal of Korean Unification Studies, Global Asia, the Council on Foreign Relations Asia Unbound blog, the LSE Ideas blog, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs blog, The Diplomat, China-US Focus, the JoongAng Ilbo, the Korea Herald, and Korea Policy Review. His comments have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Politico, Reuters, UPI, CQ Today, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, JoongAng Daily, and Yonhap News Service. He has also appeared on CNBC Asia, BBC Radio, Sky News Arabia, KBS News, and The Morning Show and The Evening Show on eTBS radio.

Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He also served as an aide to Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.


Areas of expertise: South Korean business and economy, South Korean politics, North Korea, Korean unification

Troy is available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Director of Communications, Jenna Gibson, at


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