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Sea Young (Sarah) Kim

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East-West Center in Washington
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About Sea Young (Sarah) Kim

Sea Young (Sarah) Kim is a Contributing Author at the Korea Economic Institute of America and a Ph.D. student in international cooperation at Yonsei University. She is also currently 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.

She previously served as 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.

Despite differences in political ideology, South Korea’s relationship with Vietnam has deepened and evolved since formal diplomatic relations were established in 1992. Trade and economic investment have grown substantially, and the two countries have upgraded their bilateral relationship from a “dialogue partnership” to a “strategic partnership.” Next year’s 30th anniversary of South Korea’s diplomatic relations…

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Region: Asia

June 7, 2021

2020 marked the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) and Myanmar (Burma). In less than half a century, bilateral ties went from strained by geopolitical competition and terrorism to a strengthening partnership with economic, development, and diplomatic cooperation.[i] The February 2021 coup in Myanmar—in which the military…

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Region: Asia

February 22, 2021