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David Lee is a graduate student at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, pursuing a master’s degree in Asian Studies. He specializes in East Asia’s international relations and security, focusing on the U.S.-ROK bilateral alliance and U.S-ROK-Japan cooperation in the context of newly emerging Sino-American competition. In addition, he monitors the security discourse in South Korean politics and how Japan’s constitutional revision of “Article 9” affects the U.S. strategy in the region.

On May 3, the Yoon Suk-yeol administration announced its 6 broad visions that will guide its policymaking over the next five years. These include (1) policy and legal reforms, (2) economic growth, (3) welfare, (4) education and innovation, (5) security, and (6) regional developments. Digging into their subcomponents, there are several continuities between Yoon's vision…

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May 23, 2022

On May 2, South Korea and Norway kicked off the annual defense industry cooperation talk in Seoul with a focus on Oslo’s prospective acquisition of Korean tanks. Both players hope to also deepen bilateral and regional cooperation through joint defense research. This is representative of Korea’s broader effort to play a bigger role in the…

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May 9, 2022

Incoming President Yoon Suk-yeol's delegation arrived in Tokyo on April 24 for meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other top officials. Building on Yoon's message of engaging in a "future-oriented" partnership with Washington and Tokyo beyond the Korean Peninsula, the engagement suggested a subtle but important shift in the focus of the trilateral…

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May 1, 2022

Following a new report on record-low new cases on April 18, the government lifted most coronavirus-related restrictions such as social distancing and curfews that limited business hours. Small business owners welcomed the government’s decision, hoping to recover from the losses incurred in the past two years. While the South Korean government’s restrictive public health measures…

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April 24, 2022