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Korea Economic Institute of America Presents:

South Korea’s Wild Ride: The Big Shifts in Foreign Policy from 2013 to 2022

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Event Date

December 13th 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Event Location

KEI Conference Facility & YouTube

Gilbert Rozman

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Sue Mi Terry

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Eun A Jo

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Clint Work

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KEI is pleased to hold a book launch program featuring South Korea’s Wild Ride: The Big Shifts in Foreign Policy from 2013 to 2022, co-authored by Gil Rozman, Sue Mi Terry, and Eun A Jo.

In their book, Rozman, Terry, and Jo analyze the geopolitical shifts in South Korea’s policies toward its neighbors and allies over the course of the Park Geun-hye, Moon Jae-in administrations and into the early years of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration. As they show, 2013 to 2022 was a tumultuous decade in South Korean politics and especially in its foreign policy. Through two changes in its own presidency as well as the rise and fall of the Trump administration in the United States, South Korea’s politicians and diplomats have pursued different attempts at bridge-building with North Korea, before arriving at a more cautious and defensive position. The authors track the different attempts by Park and Moon to pursue increasingly optimistic attempts at reconciliation and how they were thwarted by excessive idealism, domestic divisions, and broader great power rivalries—notably including Russia, China, and Japan. The book is an essential guide to understanding the trajectory of South Korean foreign policy for students of Korean politics as well as scholars and policy practitioners. KEI’s hybrid book launch will feature a discussion with the authors on what sets their book apart and on their key takeaways from the period it covers.