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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.


KEI’S SPECIAL PROJECT ON THE SOUTH KOREAN NUCLEAR ARMAMENT DEBATE South Korea’s nuclear armament debate received renewed attention in 2023. But, this issue is one that has animated Korean politics,…

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Region: Asia

The agreement between Korea and Japan on the issue of comfort women, announced in 2015, seemed like an amazing breakthrough on a sensitive topic in the bilateral relationship. But in the five years since then, the agreement has largely fallen apart, and other disagreements over the legacy of Japanese control of the Korean Peninsula have…

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Region: Asia

December 8, 2020

Under the Trump administration, the U.S. has breathed new life into the concept of the Quad, which includes Australia, Japan, and India. There has been media speculation that the grouping will expand to other states, such as South Korea, because of its shared interests with Quad members. Experts say that while South Korea is unlikely…

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November 5, 2020

By Terrence Matsuo One of the newest areas in national security is cyber policy. Policymakers in the United States and South Korea have outlined its importance and identified areas of concern such as North Korea’s cyber activities. But there remain important questions for the alliance to answer. Both American and Korean strategy documents highlight the…

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