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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2012

Publication: June 2012

Asia at a Tipping Point: Korea, The Rise of China, and the Impact of Leadership Transitions

This PDF is the full publication and contains all of the following sections: KEI Board of Directors KEI Advisory Council Preface Download PDF here Political Change in 2010-2012 and Regional Cooperation Centered on the Korean Peninsula Introduction Leadership Changes and South Korea’s China Policy Jae Ho Chung North Korean Politics…

Political Change in 2010-2012 and Regional Cooperation Centered on the Korean Peninsula

The year 2012 may be determinative in transforming the leadership that will decide the fate of the hexagonal maneuvering over the North Korean nuclear threat and the prospects for reunification. Assuming his posts after his father Kim Jong-il’s sudden death, an untested Kim Jong-un faces the difficult challenge of consolidating…

Security Challenges on the Korean Peninsula

North Korea poses the most serious security challenges for South Korea and Japan that they have faced in many decades as well as formidable challenges for the United States, and it is prompting China and Russia to reassess security concerns in a changing regional framework. The chapters in Part 2…

Sociological Processes and Regional Community Formation

One of the requirements for an East Asian Community, the agreed objective of regionalism, is the formation of social networks that forge trust and a sense of common purpose and identity. China, Japan, and South Korea would appear to have a favorable foundation for such networks. Economic integration keeps booming.…

TPP or ASEAN+3: Alternative Plans for Asian Regionalism and Free Trade Pacts

Korea is on the front line between two contrasting proposals for regionalism based on economic integration. On the one side is the Chinese effort to establish an exclusive economic bloc in East Asia, starting with ASEAN+3 and the trilateral Sino-Japanese-South Korean summit. Given the growing dependence of the South Korean…

Leadership Changes and South Korea’s China Policy

Changes in political leadership are often associated with readjustments or reversals of policy, the impact of which can be both wide-ranging in scope and long-lasting in duration. Foreign policy, which had long belonged to the realm of sovereign decisions by the kings and their trusted servants in traditional times, has…