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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.

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

Following his inauguration in May 2022, President Yoon Suk Yeol announced that his administration would devise South Korea’s own Indo-Pacific strategy, which would consequently take the place of his predecessor’s New Southern Policy. The exact details of the strategy are yet to be announced, but South Korea’s past and ongoing foreign engagements provide an initial…

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Region: Asia

August 30, 2022

Upon his election, president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol vowed to turn South Korea into a leading digital economy befitting the era of Digital Earth. In addition to the physical relocation of the presidential office from the Blue House to the Ministry of National Defense in Yongsan, the upcoming Yoon administration is looking to transition into a “digital…

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Region: Asia

April 26, 2022