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Insight 2009

Publication: May 2011

Korea-EU FTA Represents a Challenge for the United States

Korea is a relative newcomer to the negotiation of bilateral FTAs, concluding its first agreement with Chile only in 2003. Prior to engaging in bilateral FTAs, Korea emphasized the multilateral trading system. However, as other nations aggressively pursued bilateral agreements to open up promising markets and multilateral trade negotiations stagnated,…

Who Gained What During the Third Summit between the Two Allies

U.S. President Obama and South Korean President Lee held their third summit meeting on November 19 in Seoul. Thousands of Koreans lined the streets of downtown Seoul to welcome Obama on his first visit to Korea, perhaps the warmest reception he received anywhere on his Asia tour. Korea was the…

A Tour de Force by Two Ambassadors

U.S. citizens from many walks of life had the unusual opportunity in early September to hear from and interact with the two ambassadors responsible for maintaining the critical U.S.-Korea relationship. During KEI’s annual Ambassadors’ Dialogue tour between September 7 and 15, H.E. Han Duk-soo, ROK Ambassador to the United States,…

The Sun Shines on: Inter-Korea Relations Warm in August

August 2009 saw an abrupt “about-face” in North-South relations on the Korean peninsula. The month began with former president Bill Clinton’s historic meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-il and concluded with the agreement on reinstatement of inter-Korean family reunions. The typical saber-rattling and bellicose propaganda have been replaced by a “gentle”…

Is This The End of Bumpy Summits between Two Allies?

For the first time in a decade the leaders of the United States and Korea held an amiable summit meeting. The meetings between presidents Clinton and Kim Dae-jung were cordial, as they agreed on policy toward North Korea. But after George W. Bush took office the relationship between the two…

North Korea’s Brinkmanship

They Did What?! On the morning of May 25, after giving the U.S. government one hour’s notice, North Korea detonated a nuclear device underground at the same northeast site of its now infamous October 2006 test. Larger than the 2006 detonation—between two and four kilotons in size—the test violated UN…