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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.

The AUKUS trilateral security partnership among Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States has been received with much international attention, as well as concern. Under the pact, Australia has been formally granted capacity as a third country to acquire nuclear-powered submarines—the first of such case since the 1958 Mutual Defense Agreement between the US…

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Region: Asia

January 4, 2022

Nearly 300 days have passed since the outbreak of the February coup in Myanmar. Since then, more than 1,250 citizens have been killed and 10,100 arrested while fighting in resistance against the military, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). In response, the international community including the United Nations Security Council, has publicly…

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Region: Asia

November 17, 2021

Although the South Korean government strongly advised the public to stay home during Chuseok—Korea’s Thanksgiving—it was estimated that the population movement increased by 5 percent during this year’s holiday compared to the last. As the public eagerly waits for Covid-19 to subside and travel restrictions to be lifted, popular Southeast Asian destinations including Thailand’s Phuket…

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Region: Asia

October 6, 2021

The New Southern Policy Plus (NSP Plus) was announced by President Moon Jae-in at the 21st ASEAN-ROK Summit on November 12, 2020. While maintaining emphasis on economic partnerships, the NSP Plus identifies collective recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and sustainability as critical areas for cooperation. It expands on the original NSP’s three-pillar framework of “People,…

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Region: Asia

September 9, 2021