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KEI Contributor – Kyle Ferrier

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International observers were shocked when President Trump met with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018. But amid the spectacle of these two leaders putting aside their infamous…

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We are amidst a pandemic – its victims will not only be the sick but also those who will lose their livelihood as the economy shuts down to contain the…

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April 3, 2020

As of March 6, there are over 6,500 reported coronavirus cases in South Korea. It is currently the country with the second-largest number of coronavirus patients. The large number, however,…

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March 6, 2020

Do countries need allies? Do alliances necessarily require the member countries to set aside their national interests? These are the questions that the Trump administration has posed with its America-first…

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February 7, 2020

The Trump administration’s increased emphasis on the cost of the U.S.-South Korea alliance has called into question its appreciation of Seoul’s contributions and raised concerns about the future of the…

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Region: Asia

December 5, 2019

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2021 The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is issuing a call for papers for the next round of its Academic Paper Series—a program…

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October 6, 2021

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…

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April 1, 2021

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…

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March 12, 2021

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020 The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is issuing a call for papers for the next round of its Academic Paper Series—a program…

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October 8, 2020

Please join Tycho van der Hoog on why countries in southern Africa continue to engage with North Korea.

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June 6, 2022

Please join KEI for a conversation with Markus Garlauskas and Axel Catellier on the factors driving South Korea’s recent military force development.

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Region: Asia

May 18, 2022

Please join Professor Zhiqun Zhu  for a discussion on how Seoul might best defend its own interests amid the growing U.S.-China rivalry.

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Region: Asia

November 8, 2021

By Kyle Ferrier Following President Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran last May, the White House announced last week it will not be extending waivers on sanctions to countries importing Iranian oil. South Korea is one of only eight countries to be have been granted a waiver, which took effect as U.S. secondary sanctions…

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April 29, 2019

By Kyle Ferrier David Malpass, President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the recently-resigned Jim Kim as head of the World Bank, pledged last week to provide development assistance to North Korea if the country commits to denuclearization. But, the extent to which he can make good on his promise depends entirely on Kim Jong-un's confidence…

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Region: Asia

February 21, 2019

By Kyle Ferrier In the waning days of 2018, the U.S. Congress attempted to assert greater influence over U.S. foreign policy through the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA). President Trump signed the bill into law, but the legislation’s narrow legal focus is unlikely to change the administration’s behavior, especially when it comes to North Korea.…

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January 14, 2019

By Kyle Ferrier and Sang Hyun Back Established in 1953 in response to the North Korean threat, the significance of the U.S.-South Korea alliance today extends far beyond the Peninsula. As like-minded democratic and advanced economies, both countries work closely on a diverse array of issues around the world such as climate change, global health,…

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December 18, 2018