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KEI Contributor – Sarah Yun

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Since the 1990’s South Korea has aimed to strengthen ties with Central Asia and has positioned itself as one of the main Asian partners of the region across emerging markets, especially focusing on Mongolia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. While Central Asia is rich with resources that would strengthen Korea’s economy, decades of economic instability in the region have posed challenges in creating strong economic ties. Furthermore, the global economic crisis may further impact Korea’s engagement with Central Asia. What are the opportunities, challenges, and future prospects of the relationship between Korea and the Central Asia region?

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November 27, 2012
Dr. Alicia Campi, U.S.-Mongolia Advisory Group, Dr. Balbina Hwang, Sarah Yun

Due to unforseen circumstances, the event has been postponed.
Please contact events@keia.org for any inquiries.

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November 16, 2012
Randall Schriver, Dr. Abraham Kim, Douglas Zhihua Zeng, Sukhee Han, Christopher Johnson, Sarah Yun

Utilizing its unique development experience, Korea has positioned itself as an active promoter of knowledge for development. After Korea joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in November 2009, the country has increased efforts to enhance the effectiveness of its development cooperation practices.

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November 6, 2012
Sarah Yun, Dr. MoonJoong Tcha

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will host a KEI Future of Korea program featuring Mr. Jinwook Kim, Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea; Mr. Gary Childs, Consular Officer, Office of Korean Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Ms. Sarah K. Yun, Director of Public Affairs & Regional Issues, Korea Economic Institute.

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January 24, 2012
Sarah Yun, Mr. Jinwook Kim, Mr. Gary Childs, Consular Officer

By Sarah K. Yun Both the United States and China went through leadership transitions in November. In the United States  President Barack Obama was reelected, while China announced a new era under General Secretary Xi Jiping.  With both countries future leadership now decided, what are the implications for Korea as the U.S. and China consolidate…

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Region: Asia

December 13, 2012

By Sarah K. Yun  On November 8, China will begin its once-in-a-decade leadership transition at the 18th Party Congress. The current vice president Xi Jinping is expected to be named the general secretary and de facto leader of the country, while Li Keqiang is set to become prime minister, largely overseeing economic policies.  Xi is…

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Region: Asia

November 8, 2012

By Sarah K. Yun As leaders of the Asia-Pacific nations gathered for the 20th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in Vladivostok, Russia on September 8-9, the ongoing effects of the euro crisis and global financial crisis added urgency to their efforts to increase regional economic growth and give APEC a leading role in the…

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Region: Asia

September 17, 2012

By Sarah K. Yun After the failed April 13 rocket launch, North Korea seemed to be headed towards increased isolation from the international community. The United Nations Security Council tightened the sanctions regime, while the United States canceled the 24,000 metric tons of food aid that had been part of the “Leap Day” Agreement. However,…

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Region: Asia

August 22, 2012

Winston Churchill coined the term “summit” in the early 1950s to define meetings between leaders of great powers in the Cold War. While summits have allowed needed personal contacts for…

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Region: Asia

January 20, 2012