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KEI staff, fellows, non-resident fellows, board members, and other affiliates are often quoted in the media. Here is a collection of their mentions.

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The Challenge of Countering China’s National Economic Tactics

April 22

Directly addressing the question of how the U.S. government should respond to China’s hostile economic behaviors, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola published an op-ed on National Interest that outlines how an economic alliance could strengthen global norms. He writes: The point is that dealing with…

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EU Council Conclusions on the Indo-Pacific Strategy

April 21

The European Union, by means of “Council conclusions” published on April 16, 2021, announced that it is undertaking an “EU Strategy for Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.”  It explains in the document that the EU should reinforce its strategic focus, presence, and actions in the Indo-Pacific “with…

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Global Trade Is Recovering From the Pandemic. North Korea’s Economy Isn’t.

April 14

KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone published an article on the Diplomat Magazine on the effects that the yet-closed Sino-DPRK borders have on the North Korean economy. Notably, the North Korean economy have not been able to benefit from China’s return to growth in recent months.…

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How Will the Global Semiconductor Crunch Impact South Korea?

April 1

Most South Korean conglomerates have weathered the shortage much better than their global competitors. But KEI’s Kyle Ferrier notes in his latest article for the Diplomat Magazine that this could change as early as this month. He points out: Carmaker giant Hyundai announced this week…

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Is Korea policy too important to be left to the Americans?

April 1

In his latest column for the Asia Times, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola notes that there are four assumptions that underpin the U.S. approach to North Korea. There is a Korea problem that needs solving; The biggest problem is North Korea’s nuclear weapons program; Only…

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Korea and global COVID vaccinations

March 31

On March 30, Korea Times published an op-ed from KEI’s Senior Director Troy Stangarone that spotlighted a space where South Korea can play a larger role on the global stage. He notes that the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (United States, India, Australia, and…

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KEI Vice President Mark Tokola interviewed by Bloomberg

March 18

KEI Vice President Mark Tokola was interviewed by Bloomberg on March 17, 2021. In response to questions regarding North Korea’s position vis-a-vis the Biden administration, Mark noted: “The ball is actually North Korea’s court. They’re the ones who have to agree to talk — it…

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Biden Takes the Right First Steps With South Korea, But a Long Road Lies Ahead

March 12

In his latest column for the Diplomat Magazine, KEI Director of Academic Affairs and Fellow Kyle Ferrier noted that new challenges still need to be faced even as the Biden administration is moving to repair damages that the Trump administration inflicted on the U.S.-Korea Alliance.…

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Korea should phase out internal combustion engine

March 11

In his latest column with the Korea Times, KEI senior director Troy Stangarone proposed that South Korea should phase out the sale of new vehicles with internal combustion engines. He argues that Korea is well-placed to be competitive in the global electric and hydrogen vehicle…

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Why South Korea should stand up for Mongolians in China

March 9

The East Asia Forum published KEI Vice President Mark Tokola and intern Alexandra Langford’s op-ed calling for the South Korean government to be a more vocal advocate for ethnic Mongolians in China. Beijing’s recent push to enforce Mandarin Chinese as the language of instruction for…

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