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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2014

Publication: August 2014

Asia's Slippery Slope

This PDF is the full publication and contains all of the following sections: KEI Board of Directors KEI Advisory Council About the Korea Economic Institute of America Preface by KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo South Korea's Triangular Relations Introduction by Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Rozman Japan-South Korea-U.S. Relations Sue Mi Terry,…

South Korea's Triangular Relations

The discussion at the AAS meetings on March 29, 2014 included not only the four authors, but also Thomas Christensen, moderator, and Evans Revere, presenter on the Sino-ROK-U.S. triangle. It came within days of the trilateral summit that boosted Japan-ROK-U.S. relations. In the background was concern raised by Russians in…

National Identity Approaches to East and South Asia

The chapters in Section II explore changes in national identity in Asia in the shadow of both the U.S. struggle to reaffirm its leadership of the international community and China’s intense advocacy of a national and regional community in opposition to that community. Against the backdrop of a tug-of-war between…

Divergence on Economic Regionalism

For a time the endgame appeared to be under way in TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) negotiations and attention was shifting from the potential competition between TPP, RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership), and the CJK FTA (China-Japan-Korea Free Trade Agreement) to the implications of a TPP agreement for various countries. The United…

New Thinking on Diplomacy Toward North Korea

The fundamental question about the purpose of diplomacy regarding North Korea has come into stark focus. For a time Park Geun-hye seemed to be redoubling her efforts to find a diplomatic path forward to the “taebuk,” which some translate as “jackpot” of reunification. These were accompanied by her “peace and…

Japan-South Korea-U.S. Relations

In November 2011, the Obama administration announced that the United States would be “pivoting” towards the Asia-Pacific and away from the Middle East, expanding its already significant role in the region. Underlying this “rebalancing” is President Obama’s belief that U.S. strategy and priorities needed to be adjusted to take account…