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Troy Stangarone is Senior Director and Fellow at the Korea Economic Institute (KEI). He oversees KEI’s trade and economic related initiatives, as well as the Institute’s relations with Capitol Hill and the Washington, DC trade community. As part of his broader portfolio he serves as the editor for KEI’s flagship publication, Korea’s Economy, and oversees KEI’s blog, The Peninsula.

Mr. Stangarone has written extensively and has been widely quoted on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean trade and foreign policy, and North Korea. His work has appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, CNBC, CNN, the South China Morning Post, East Asia Forum, China-US Focus, the JoongAng Ilbo, and the Korea Herald. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News, CNN, Politico, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, JoongAng Daily, and Yonhap News Service. He has also appeared on TV and radio for outlets such as Bloomberg News, CNBC Asia, and BBC Radio.

In addition to his work at KEI, Mr. Stangarone is a member of the International Council of Korean Studies Board and the Korea-America Student Conference’s National Advisory Committee. He is a columnist for the Korea Times and a regular contributor to The Diplomat. He was also a 2012-2013 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in South Korea, sponsored by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Stangarone worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Robert Torricelli on issues relating to foreign affairs and trade. He also served as an aide to Governor James McGreevey of New Jersey. He holds a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Memphis.

Troy is available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Director of Communications, Yong Kwon, at yk@keia.org.

North Korea is putting on a tough face as the world confronts the COVID-19 pandemic. Authorities in Pyongyang continue to reassure the rest of the world that nothing is wrong…

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Region: Asia

Since Donald Trump took over as president in 2017, the United States has been retreating from the world – and from the Indo-Pacific region more specifically. Most notably, the country…

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Region: Oceania

July 17, 2020

While the rest of the world is still struggling to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, South Korea – progressing steadily in its containment of the pandemic – has begun its…

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We are amidst a pandemic – its victims will not only be the sick but also those who will lose their livelihood as the economy shuts down to contain the…

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April 3, 2020

To minimize the risk of a severe recession stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is better to be bold than to act too slowly, says KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone.…

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March 25, 2020

In a Hudson Institute publication titled "Pathways to Peace: Achieving the Stable Transformation on the Korean Peninsula," KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone contributed a chapter entitled "Economic Engagement with North…

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March 23, 2020

Writing for the Diplomat Magazine, KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone highlights how Seoul is preparing a stronger fiscal stimulus to deal with the economic shocks caused by the coronavirus outbreak.…

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March 20, 2020

In his latest column for the Diplomat Magazine, KEI Senior Director Troy Stangarone noted that the overall damage from the Korea-Japan trade dispute has been limited. He points out that: …

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February 11, 2020

Join us for a conversation with distinguished speakers from United States Department of State, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the United States, and the Korean Economic Institute

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January 28, 2021
Troy Stangarone, Marc Knapper, Bob Rolfe, YoungJae Kim

Please join us for a discussion of how the incoming Biden administration might address international trade and how the U.S.-Korea trade relationship might change with the new administration.

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Please join KEI for a discussion of these and other questions about the KBO and the Korean players in MLB. This event will be livestreamed on Zoom with an interactive Q&A session.

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October 13, 2020

Shortly after the end of the Korean War in 1953 the United States and South Korea signed their Mutual Defense Treaty. On the 67th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty, how does the American public view the alliance and the U.S.-Korea relationship today?

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October 1, 2020

KEI’s 2020 Report on American Attitudes Toward the Korean Peninsula focuses on U.S. views on relations with South Korea, U.S. awareness of South Korean brands and cultural products, and views…

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Region: North America

September 30, 2020

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks on the verge of completion, Korea has announced that it will begin consultations for joining the regional trade agreement that aims to bring together…

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Region: Asia

December 11, 2013

Despite an historic delay and continued opposition in some quarters, passage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) looks set to proceed quickly through the United States Congress. The…

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Region: Asia

February 14, 2012

For much of the past month, the world has sat transfixed as the Arab World has begun to transform before our eyes. Having started in Tunisia, the call for political…

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Region: Asia

January 20, 2012

By Robert R. King The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service a few days ago published a working paper updating and reassessing international food security in the decade 2020-2030 in light of the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The report focuses on 76 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin American which are most…

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Region: Asia, North America

February 3, 2021

For North Korea to return to some semblance of its pre-COVID existence it will need to vaccinate its population, but acquiring the necessary vaccines will not be the only challenge North Korea faces. Once North Korea has acquired a vaccine to begin dosing its population, it will still need to have a proper cold chain…

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Region: Asia

January 27, 2021

We were reminded last year that it can be difficult to anticipate the events that will dominate any given year. As 2020 began, few people expected focus of the world or the Korean Peninsula to be on a global pandemic, but that is how the year unfolded. South Korea has handled the pandemic relatively well…

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By Troy Stangarone North Korea’s decision to put in place strict border controls and quarantines at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in China continues to have a significant effect on trade as new March trade figures with China show even sharper declines than the figures for the January-February period. According to China’s General Administration…

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Region: Asia

April 23, 2020