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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 the Director of Communications, Sang Kim at

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

KEI’s Senior Director Troy Stangarone was quoted in Newsweek’s article on the U.S-South Korea economic partnership by DC-based attorney Gregory Tosi. This article was published on March 29, 2023. This…

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March 29, 2023

This article was published on The Diplomat on March 15, 2023. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is now a little over a year old, and the conflict has transitioned to a…

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March 15, 2023

This article was published on The Korea Times on March 12, 2023. Manufacturing has historically been one of the keys to Korea’s economic success. Korean firms have moved up the…

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March 13, 2023

This article was published on The Korea Times on January 11, 2023. Since its passage in August, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has been a significant source of tension between…

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January 27, 2023

KEI’s 2022 Report on American Attitudes Toward the Korean Peninsula summarizes results from a survey commissioned by KEI and conducted by YouGov from September 1st to September 12th, 2022. The…

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December 1, 2022

KEI’s 2021 Report on American Attitudes Toward the Korean Peninsula summarizes results from a survey commissioned by KEI and conducted by YouGov on August 30th to September 7th, 2021. The…

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Region: Asia

October 7, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the most significant economic disruption to the international economy since the Great Depression. The IMF estimates that the global economy contracted by 3.5 percent last…

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Region: Asia

July 30, 2021

KEI’s 2021 Report on American Attitudes on the U.S.-ROK Alliance and North Korea Policy summarizes results from a survey commissioned by KEI and conducted by YouGov on May 6th to…

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Region: North America

May 21, 2021

By Troy Stangarone The arrival of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak seems to have concentrated the minds of Republicans and Democrats in a manner that only imminent default has achieved prior to now. Little more than a week ago, it was uncertain that the long-pending free trade agreements with Korea, Panama, and Colombia would even…

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October 13, 2011

By Troy Stangarone After months of discussion on how to proceed legislatively on the three pending free trade agreements and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), the White House formally submitted the KORUS FTA to Congress on October 3. The submission comes more than four years after the KORUS FTA was initially concluded and three months after…

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October 4, 2011

By Troy Stangarone After more than a year of heightened tensions over the sinking of the Cheonan and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island a proposed gas pipeline from Russia to South Korea through North Korea is potentially changing the factors on the ground.  Ever since Kim Jong-Il and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed in principal…

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Region: Asia

September 29, 2011