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Sea Young (Sarah) Kim

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Korea Economic Institute of America
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About Sea Young (Sarah) Kim

Sea Young (Sarah) Kim is a Nonresident Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute of America and a Ph.D. student in international cooperation at Yonsei University.

She previously served as a Visiting Scholar for the U.S.-South Korea Cooperation in Southeast Asia research and exchange program at the East-West Center in Washington, funded by the Korea Foundation, and a Research Associate at the East Asia Institute, a think tank based in Seoul, South Korea. At EAI, she was responsible for research on East Asian politics and public opinion, managing external affairs, and organizing academic seminars. She has experience working at the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea as Policy Secretary to Speaker Kang Chang-hee. She also studied diplomatic and economic policies as a Korea Foundation fellow with Pacific Forum.

Her writing focuses on U.S.-South Korea relations, South Korea-Southeast Asian relations, North Korea, and East Asian regionalism. She received her M.A. in Asian studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and B.A. in international studies at Ewha University.

South Korea’s rapprochement with Japan and North Korea’s embrace of Russia significantly shaped events on the Korean Peninsula in 2023. Both promise to have a substantial impact on events in the coming year. After years of declining relations, South Korea took the initiative to mend ties with Japan by proposing a path for resolving the…

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A year has passed since Korea published its “Strategy for a Free, Peaceful, and Prosperous Indo-Pacific Region” in December 2022. Since then, Korea has strived to bolster its image as a “global pivotal state” in both mending and fortifying relations with like-minded nations including the United States, Japan, the European Union, Australia, ASEAN, and others.…

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Region: Asia

December 21, 2023

Last December, South Korea and Vietnam commemorated their 30th diplomatic anniversary by upgrading the bilateral relations from a ‘strategic partnership’ to a ‘comprehensive and strategic partnership (CSP).’ South Korea represents a notable case as the first middle power to establish such relations with Vietnam, following China, Russia, and India. While economic, technological, and security cooperation…

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Region: Asia

April 19, 2023

This is the third piece in a series looking at how the issues identified in KEI’s annual “10 Issues to Watch for on the Korean Peninsula” series and other issues of note developed in 2022. The original “10 Issues” piece can be found here. Yoon Suk-yeol has aimed to strengthen South Korea’s role as a “global…

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Region: Asia

December 21, 2022