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Jeffrey Robertson

Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies
Yonsei University
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Dr. Jeffery Robertson is Non-Resident Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute, an Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at Yonsei University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Korea Studies Research Hub, University of Melbourne. Before moving to academia, he worked for the Australian Government in the field of foreign policy and North Asia, focusing on China, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan. He is author of multiple works on South Korea’s diplomatic practice and administration, including Diplomatic Style and Foreign Policy: A Case Study of South Korea (Routledge, 2016), which explores analytical insight gained through the recognition and comprehension of diplomatic style. His research interests include diplomatic practice, foreign policy, Korean peninsula affairs. He writes and updates research at http://junotane.com and on Twitter @junotane.

Recent debates on South Korea securing an independent nuclear weapons capacity have addressed several issues, including strategic relevance and operational utility, its impact on the U.S. alliance, how it will affect the balance of power on the Korean Peninsula, and its contribution to the regional arms competition. Less discussed has been the question of South…

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Region: Asia

October 28, 2022

The Korean Peninsula is currently in a pattern of tit-for-tat provocation: short and long-range missile tests; combined training exercises; artillery live-fire exercises, and border area fighter jet sorties. The pattern in place will reach a new level if and when North Korea undertakes its seventh nuclear test. What will this mean in the context of…

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Region: Asia

October 24, 2022

As concern regarding an imminent North Korean nuclear test increases, the debate on South Korea securing its own nuclear weapons is also increasing. There are strong reasons why this debate should be looked at very carefully in Washington. The current debate started with recent discussions in the Yoon Administration regarding the hosting of U.S. tactical…

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Region: Asia

October 19, 2022

During 2017-18, international attention turned to the Korean Peninsula as the threat of conflict reached new heights. This led to an explosion in the growth of “North Korea watchers”— the…

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Region: Asia

April 23, 2019

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) launched in August 2008 and transformed into a treaty-based inter-governmental organization in October 2012. The GGGI positioned South Korea at the forefront of a…

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Region: Asia

April 17, 2017