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Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies 2016

22 Publications

Will the “Comfort Women” Agreement Reduce Japan-ROK Mutual Distrust?

On December 28, 2015, the Japanese and South Korean governments announced their agreement on the “comfort women” issue. This sudden breakthrough 70 years after the end of WWII and 24 years after the issue in 1991 had become a fundamental diplomatic issue for the two countries proved to be a…

Introduction | Economic Relations Between North Korea and its Neighbors

Most analysis of the extended nuclear crisis that first broke in 2002 has focused, quite legitimately, on the realm of high politics: the diplomatic and military strategies of the contending parties and their consequences. But the course of the crisis, and the prospects for reaching a durable settlement, have always…

China-North Korea Trade in 2015: The Beginning of a Downturn

China-North Korea trade accounts for the majority of North Korea’s international trade and is considered significant for the economic development and social stability of North Korea. Due to the fourth North Korean nuclear test and the subsequent UN sanctions resolution, the current situation and future prospects of China-North Korea trade…

The Void in North Korea’s Economic Relationship with Japan: Is Kim Wasting His Abductions Card?

Much is made in Western circles of North Korea’s economic dependence on China amid questions of whether and how much leverage this gives Beijing. In an end game, however, Pyongyang may think it has other cards to play, and Beijing, knowing this, leans toward caution. One important card long held…

Russia-North Korea Economic Relations

Russia shares a border with the Korean Peninsula, and its declared interest is to maintain peace and stability in the region. During Soviet times, its Korean policy was based on the alliance with the DPRK. After the establishment of diplomatic relations with the ROK in 1990 and the dissolution of…

South Korea’s Economic Engagement toward North Korea

On February 10, 2016, the South Korean government announced the closure of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, a symbol of its engagement policy and inter-Korean rapprochement. The move was part of its proactive, unilateral sanctions against North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and rocket launch in February.1 Pyongyang reciprocated by…