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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2014

20 Publications

Identity and Strategy in India’s Asia-Pacific Policy

The major international structural changes over the last 25 years—the end of the Cold War and rapid ascent of China—have direct impact on India’s national interests. The dominant strategic theory of realism would predict that given the emergence of China as a great power in the Asia-Pacific, and the loss…

Asia-Pacific Regional Economic Integration: U.S. Strategy and Approach

America’s economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific predates the republic itself. In February 1784, the merchant ship Empress of China set sail from New York to Canton seeking to trade coins and ginseng for Chinese tea.1 The profitable 15-month expedition sparked a wave of American merchant trade in the region.2 It…

Japan and Regional Integration Dominoes: Golden Opportunity or Another Political Failure?

The re-election of Abe Shinzo as prime minister has led to a drastic change in the economic landscape of Japan through the implementation of “Abenomics.” Abe’s decision to promote monetary easing as a tool to help Japan overcome deflation, which had stalled the Japanese economy for more than a decade,…

Korean Bridge: Balancing Asian Economic Regionalism Between the United States and China

The debate on TPP versus RCEP has been widely recognized as a struggle between the United States and China for expanding their influence in the Asia-Pacific region, and it is now commonplace for scholars to discuss the rivalry between the two agreements. Both the TPP and RCEP agreements could invigorate…

China’s Choice: To Lead or to Follow on Asian Economic Integration

For many years, the major trading countries coexisted comfortably under a multilateral trading system. Major trade liberalizations were agreed upon multilaterally. In most cases, trade disputes were resolved peacefully under the WTO dispute settlement system. The industrialized economies even reached a gentlemen’s agreement that no bilateral FTA should be reached…

South Korea’s Search for a New Diplomatic Strategy Toward North Korea: Trustpolitik as a Goldilocks Approach?

With the North Korean nuclear threat still lingering, the international community’s decadeslong effort to bring about peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was in vain. Although there were only a few optimistic moments for establishing a peace regime on the peninsula, no such mechanism has been created thus far. The…