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Terrence Matsuo

Contributing Author
Korea Economic Institute of America
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About Terrence Matsuo

Terrence Matsuo is a Contributing Author at the Korea Economic Institute of America and the program assistant for the Policy and Diplomacy practice at McColm & Company.

He was previously the Assistant Editor and Senior Research Analyst at The Nelson Report, a newsletter focused on trade and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, and was also a research intern for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA.

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.

Korea has long worked to maintain at least cordial relationships that balance its larger neighbors. The global U.S.-China competition is the newest iteration of the challenge, with Seoul’s most important ally on one side and its largest trading partner on the other. Although domestic sentiment is souring on China, experts suggest South Korean government officials…

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Region: Asia, North America

May 4, 2021

In his first remarks to the western press ahead of his second meeting with then President Donald Trump, Chairman Kim Jong-un said: “I won’t make predictions. But I instinctively feel that a good outcome will be produced.” He has not interacted with foreign journalists since then, but that long silence may soon come to an…

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Region: Asia

April 1, 2021

Earlier this month, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released another report detailing the dire human rights situation in North Korea. Echoing earlier pronouncements, UN investigators cited escapee testimony to say that “there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed and may be ongoing in…

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Region: Asia, North America

February 23, 2021

Joseph Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 20 January, bringing the Trump era to an end. Under the 45th president, American alliances faced significant stress from his skepticism of multilateralism and preference for transactional agreements. The U.S.-ROK alliance was no different, with friction arising between Seoul and Washington from time to time. As the Biden…

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January 18, 2021