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Terrence Matsuo

Non-Resident Fellow
Korea Economic Institute of America
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About Terrence Matsuo

Terrence Matsuo is a freelance writer interested in American foreign policy towards the Indo-Pacific, with a focus on Korea and Japan.

He previously supported thought leadership development as a program assistant in the Policy and Diplomacy practice at McColm & Company. As the Assistant Editor and Senior Research Analyst at The Nelson Report, he provided analysis on trade and security issues for a newsletter focused on regional trade and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

He received his master of public policy degree from the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University after receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science and Japanese language from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Besides catching up on current events, Terrence enjoys playing League of Legends, listening to Japanese pop music, and watching Korean television dramas.

At the end of September, the Republic of Korea attended a meeting of the Partners in the Blue Pacific (PBP). The initiative, led by the U.S., Australia, Japan, and Britain, aims at working with states in Oceania on advancing regional development. Ahead of the meeting, the Korean government was equivocal to the initiative. "Nothing has…

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Region: Asia, Oceania

November 3, 2022

Ahead of the Chuseok holiday last month, Unification Minister Kwon Young-se said South Korea was interested in negotiations with North Korea about holding another round of inter-Korean family reunions. The urgency of the issue has only increased since the last time they were held, back in 2018. In his remarks at a government press conference,…

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Region: Asia

October 21, 2022

At the end of July, the Yoon government announced its intention to relax South Korea’s prohibition on North Korea media. In a statement published on 22 July, the Unification Ministry said it would work to "restore ethnic homogeneity by enhancing mutual understanding and consensus between the two Koreas through phased opening of mass media that…

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Region: Asia

September 6, 2022

After several years of frozen diplomacy, the current Korean government's drive to reset relations with Japan seems to be on an upswing. Even before taking office, President Yoon Suk-Yeol dispatched a delegation of aides to meet with Japanese officials in Tōkyō. He followed that with attendance at a trilateral meeting with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio…

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Region: Asia

August 2, 2022