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Navigating Troubled Waters: The Republic of Korea and the Indo-Pacific
Session 2: Transforming Key Regional Relationships: South Korea’s Security Ties with the U.S. and ASEAN countries
Dr. Andrew Yeo
Professor of Politics and Director of Asian Studies,
Catholic University of America
Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran
Global Fellow, Asia Program,
Dr. Hoo Chiew Ping
Senior Lecturer, Strategic Studies and International Relations Program,
National University of Malaysia
Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs, KEI
As the Indo-Pacific becomes the focal point of the growing rivalry between Washington and Beijing, the United States looks to uphold the existing rules-based order in the region through initiatives such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. South Korea has not yet formally endorsed these endeavors – but remains actively engaged in the Indo-Pacific through its New Southern Policy. However, the intensification of the U.S.-China competition challenges Seoul’s efforts to cooperate with its principal ally while avoiding Beijing’s economic retaliation and misalignment on engagement with North Korea.
Ahead of the summit between ROK President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden, please join KEI for two panel discussions (See Session 1 here) on the major political, security, and diplomatic issues for South Korea in the Indo-Pacific region as well recommendations for Seoul on navigating its difficult geopolitical environment.
Professor of Politics and Director of Asian Studies