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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2013

18 Publications

The South Korean Perspective

During the early days of Northeast Asian economic cooperation immediately following the end of the Cold War, the China-Japan-Korea FTA (CJK FTA) was considered impossible, not even mentioned as a long-term goal. The Northeast Asian economic community was eventually forwarded as a vision, but without defining what it would be.…

The Japanese Perspective

On November 20, 2012, at the Japan-China-ROK Economic and Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,1 Ministers Edano Yukio, Chen Deming, and Bark Tae Ho, announced that they were launching negotiations to forge an FTA among their three countries. The announcement and the negotiations were the next logical step in…

The U.S. Perspective

The proposed China-Japan-Korea (CJK) FTA, if it comes to fruition, will be a major economic accomplishment in its own right; but it will also constitute an important milestone and potential way station on the road to a region-wide FTA, embodied in previous proposals for an ASEAN+6 agreement and in the…

Competing Regional Interests and Reunification

As with many complex situations, any effort to address the question of how competing regional interests would play out in response to Korean reunification begins with “it depends.”1 Countless reunification studies conducted by governments, think tanks and universities in a host of capitals have yielded policy recommendations that are heavily…

South Korea's Unification Policy and Prospects

The Park Geun-hye administration’s foreign policy/North Korean policy keyword is “trust,” which is intended to be the base on which to build a “New Korean Peninsula” and a new order of peace and security in Northeast Asia. Park has reiterated that she will work to develop trust between the South…

Understanding Peaceful Reunification: Its Dynamics and Challenges

The reunification of the Korean Peninsula has been an important aspiration of the Korean people on both sides of the 38th parallel for nearly six decades. The emotional family reunions of loved ones wrenched apart for more than half a century illustrate the deep desire for reunification, at least, among…