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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2008

Publication: May 2011
Kim Suk-young

Guests of the Dear Leaer: Shin Sang-Ok, Choi Eun-Hee, and North Korea's Cultural Crisis

On 19 October 1983 in Kim Jong-il’s office at the Central Party Building in Pyongyang, a private conversation took place between Kim and two South Korean filmmakers: director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee, who had spent five years in North Korea after they had been abducted and…

Lessons from the North Korean Nuclear Issue

The world can only hope the recent U.S.-North Korean bilateral discussions will revive the six-power talks and lead to Pyongyang’s renunciation of its nuclear weapons ambitions. Hope, however, is not policy, and recent events resemble the old line about Soviet communism as the long hard slog from capitalism to capitalism.…

Issues In U.S.-ROK Economic Relations

This paper builds on Kiyota and Stern (2007), in which we analyzed the economic effects of a U.S.-Korea free trade agreement (KORUSFTA). In Section II, we review the objectives and main features of the KORUSFTA as perceived prior to the negotiation of the agreement. In Section III, we then outline…

Strategic Abandonment: Alliance Relations in Northeast Asia in the Post-Iraq Era

The security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) is the foundation for the architecture of strategic stability in Northeast Asia that has endured for more than a half century. Along with the U.S. alliance with Japan, this security architecture has maintained the balance of power…

Turning the Six-Party Talks into a Multilateral Security Framework for Northeast Asia

The Cold War in Northeast Asia became irreversible with the outbreak of the Korean War on 25 June 1950. Over the decades partial steps were taken to end it: rapprochement with Beijing in 1971–72 and then with Moscow in 1989–92; the Agreed Framework of 1994 and the Sunshine Policy of…

Peace in Our Time at What Cost? Possible Financial and Legal Implications of Denuclearizing North korea

On 21 June 2005 the flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam flew outside of Blair House, across the street from the White House. Standing still on a windless day, the single-star banner heralded how far Vietnam and its prime minister, Phan Van Khai, who would meet President Bush that…