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Korea Policy Vol. 1, Issue 3

9 Publications

The Political Economy of National Security: Perspectives from the United States, Japan, Korea, and China

This introduction provides a broader framework for the first four papers in this issue of Korea Policy by examining five distinct ways or areas wherein trade and investment intersect with national security concerns. First, it looks at the extent to which the United States is politically capable of sustaining economic…

The Evolving Landscape of U.S. Economic Security: The Confluence of Trade, Technology, and National Security

This paper examines the current evolution of U.S. economic security discourse to demonstrate the implications, challenges, and shortcomings of U.S. economic security tools and the catalyzing impact of technology. While component economic security considerations are broad and encompass issues from natural disaster planning to cybersecurity, this paper focuses specifically on…

Japanese Economic Security as “Derisking”

This paper examines the concept of “derisking” and how the Japanese Economic Security Promotion Act (ESPA) has responded to it within the framework of deterrence theory. It explores how ESPA allows deterrence by denial against economic coercion by other states and is itself a derisking measure. It contends that deterrence…

Is Economic Security National Security? Defining South Korea’s Economic Security for Future Industries

This paper explores how South Korea defines “economic security.” Amidst geopolitical turbulence, the framing of this concept by governments and policy circles around the globe is reflective of the changes in the global economy post-pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine, two critical junctures that have revealed the geo-economic impact…

China’s Perspective on Economic Security

This paper examines how Beijing views economic security as well as other countries’ actions in this realm. Economic security is not a new or foreign concept to Chinese thinkers and policymakers, but the emphases, concerns, and priorities have evolved, due in part to changes in the international environment as well…