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Saeme Kim

Non-Resident Fellow
Korea Economic Institute of America
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Dr. Saeme Kim is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI). She was the inaugural Korea Foundation fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and a resident fellow at Pacific Forum International in Hawaii. Her articles have been published in International Affairs, the International Spectator, Asian Politics & Policy and International Politics. Her research interests include South Korean foreign policy,  East Asian regionalism and middle power diplomacy. She received her PhD from King’s College London, her MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science, and her BA from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea.

In January this year, South Korea began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This marks South Korea’s third time serving in the UNSC; the first time from 1996 to 1997 and the second from 2013 to 2014. South Korea’s return to the UNSC supports the Yoon Suk…

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March 26, 2024

This is the fifth in a 10 part series looking at how the issues identified in KEI’s annual “10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula” series developed in 2021. The original “10 Issues” piece can be found here. The first year of the Biden administration has seen the U.S. return to multilateral frameworks…

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Region: Asia, North America

December 22, 2021

In the context of growing US-China tensions, South Korean administrations have opted for degrees of strategic ambiguity, refraining from overt actions that suggest South Korea is taking sides. While strategic…

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Region: Asia

October 19, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with three emerging experts on how South Korea can adopt a principled middle power agenda.

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October 7, 2021